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mythosgrl

[TR] SEWS - Southwest rib 5/26/2007

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Trip: [TR] SEWS - Southwest rib

 

Date: 5/26/2007

 

Trip Report:

Blake, Lisa_D, Billygoat and I parked at Blue Lake Trailhead. Blake and Bill skinned up to the climb and Lisa and I walked. It took about an hour and 45 minutes. The snow was firm enough that i was able to walk in it wearing my trail runners. :tup:

 

Took a picture of it from the car on the drive up

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Quite a few folks were climbing the route, as you may have noticed from all of the TRs on here already. Weather was perfect for climbing. Wasn't cold at all and the rock was dry.

 

I lead the crux pitch (5.8) which is a nice sized crack.

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There is a variation that is quite nice for the 3rd pitch. Instead of taking the 5.4 route off to the left, you can go straight up the 5.10 finger crack. The crack is thin at the bottome (perfect for my fingers) and then widens. It was a blast.

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The next pitch was a 5.6, but had one balancy move that i thought was the hardest of the entire climb. The last part is fun though. YOu get to bearhug the rock and work your way up both cracks.

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Had to do a variation for the last pitch because the crack we were going to go up was wet.

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Made it to the top at 6PM (we got a late start on our day). Took some pics, saw tim and some friends, shared some chocolate chip cookies with them, and then scrambled and rapped down the spire.

 

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We were able to make it off the spire and down to the car before dark. The sunset was amazing and overall the trip was really great. Good rock, good friends, fun approach and decent. Didn't really like the scrambling down to the rap stations (i'm new to that), but even that was ok.

 

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Gear Notes:

Rack of nuts, cams up to a 5 (need the #5 to protect a section of the 2nd pitch), and chocolate chip cookies.

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We climbed around on the left of the "Rabbit Ears" via an easy ledge to the notch behind. Did you guys end up rappeling down from the slings on the right side of the "Rabbit Ears"?

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Nice pics and TR

 

:tup:

 

Mythosgrl said

It took about an hour and 45 minutes.

 

It took me 2 hours and 30 minutes BTW :laf:

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That's you guys on pitch 4.

I was so stoked when I saw the route was dry. In early season coming up from the hairpin is the way to go; 1 hour up, 10 minutes down. :cool:

 

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Thanks, I actually took the pictures. That sunset was pretty great. ...Being the photographer was the least I could do when Blake and mythosgirl were such fine ropeguns! :)

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How long did it take you from the base of the climb and back to the base?

 

I think it took about 7 1/2 hours. We did have 2 rope teams (4people) in the beginning, but then Bill didn't do the whole thing with us so throwing the rope down, getting his rope after he rapped, etc took a little longer. So we took longer than most groups. After that mishap we powered up each pitch pretty quickly.

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In early season coming up from the hairpin is the way to go; 1 hour up, 10 minutes down. :cool:

 

I second that. The quality climbing coupled with making it back to the car unscathed really made my day.

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