Aasgard Pass / Enchantment Peak - Acid Baby III 5.10+Date:
JP drove from Baker City, OR to climb with me in the Enchantments last week where we each realized a dream: me to climb Acid Baby, him to climb the South Face of Prusik. Good times!ACID BABY FROM AASGARD PASS TRAIL
The climbing commenced at 10:43 am.P1 (5.10-)
A nice hand crack over a short bulge was dispatched handily by JP. You can combine the first two pitches into a full value 65M 5.10+ lead, but we belayed on the first large ledge.JP DISPATCHING THE CRUX ON P1P2 (5.10d)
A stout, overhanging OW. It was also literally dripping water on the left side from the previous dayís squalls. There was some talk of bailing, but that was fairly short lived. Eventually I put on my big boy pants and began battling my way upwards, dodging water drops, all the while searching for adequate protection.
After getting a bomber #4 Camalot, I sunk in two tenuous fist jams and initiated a strenuous pull. POP! My feet flew off the wet stone and I was airborne. It was a short fall and I was unhurt except for my pride.
Unfortunately that wasnít the last of it Ė I eventually freed the pitch but not without a few more hangs. This was some sustained wide and BURLY 10d climbing and I didnít trust my damp feet enough to stem in the corner. JP followed it clean, but didnít think heídíve done it any better on lead.GIVING IT MY ALL ON THE CRUX OF P2JP FOLLOWING 5.8 SPLITTER HANDS AT THE TOP OF P2P3 (5.9+/10-)
Here was our only major route finding dilemma. I was using a combination of route beta from several sources and it seems they conflicted. JP eventually followed the line in Laytonís topo photo, climbing flakes in a LFC, then around and over a small roof to the right onto a balancy face to a belay on a slab under the large roofs. The moves around and above the small roof seemed to be more in the 5.10 range than the expected 5.9, but it may have been because the corner was damp. Looking from our belay we spotted what seemed to be an easier line further left, up a slot past a prominent overhang, then right and slightly down an easy slab traverse. Maybe next timeÖJP ROUTE FINDING ON P3SLABBING MY WAY UP THE TOP OF P3MOUNT STUART FROM THE BELAY ATOP P3P4 (5.10-)
The obvious splitter 5.8 crack on the right can easily swallow two #3ís & 4ís. I led it with one of each but would have been more comfortable with at least another #3. Above, a thin crack swallowed four DMM Peenuts. Donít go too high Ė a nice foot on the face below and to the left gets you to a hands-free rest. Runout some moderate slab up and left to a corner belay below a splitter dihedral with a short lichen-covered roof hanging menacingly above.JP SAYING: "NICE ROUTE-FINDING D!"P5 (5.10c/d)
This was the next 10+ pitch, but it felt more manageable than P2. JP led it admirably and I pulled the crux without too much effort, but couldnít clean JPís over-jammed .75 Camalot without using my nut tool and ended up muttering some choice words at having to hang for the second time. Bugger! Below the roof, make an exposed but manageable step right to another (easier) open book. Follow this to a very nice belay ledge.JP CRUSHING THE 10+ CRUX ON P5P6 (5.10-)
I initially started up the thin crack to the left as per Laytonís description, but didnít like the feel of the rock or the looks of the pro and opted for a short fist-sized crack to the far right instead. This deposited me on some flat benches on the ridge proper which I followed to a vertical hand crack capped by some loose blocks. Mantle carefully (donít pull!) past the blocks and head for the prow jutting above. Enjoy some awesome exposure on the right side of the tower! Belay at the base of the prow.JP ENJOYING SOME EXPOSURE ON P6BELAYING AT THE PROW ATOP P6P7 (5.9)
Handrail the Łber-exposed ridge crest to the summit Ė so money! JP got this one, lucky guy. As he led, we were treated to a cool view of the ridgeline and our shadows silhouetted on the wall to our right. There was a bit of hooting and hollering on both our parts as we climbed this stellar pitch.SHADOWS!WICKED HANDRAIL!KICK-ASS SUMMIT!
We summited at 6:53 pm. Neither of us had brought water, but we found some catch basins on the summit of Enchantment Peak that had been filled during the recent rain squalls. Sweet!NECTAR OF THE GODS
A direct and rather pleasant scramble (by Leavenworth standards) down the wide, sandy gully skierís left of the summit plateau got us back to the base in an hour. We never saw any rap stations as mentioned by some others, nor did we need them.ACID BABY ON THE LEFT, DESCENT GULLY ON THE RIGHT More photos: Acid Baby III 5.10+ photo set on FlickrGear Notes:
BD nuts 4-11 & Peenuts
C3ís red & yellow; Master Cams blue to orange; double Camalots .5 Ė #3, single #4. (Doubles on #4 would have sewn things up quite nice on pitches 2 & 4.)
60m 9.4 rope.Approach Notes:
You only have to hike 3/4's up Asskick Pass to do this one - nice!