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Steph_Abegg

first ascent [TR] Southern Pickets - Thread of Ice - Twin Needles - FA 6/27/2009

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Nice way to kick off the season! Back to the Pickets and score a new route. Thanks for sharing the stories and photos. Fun video, too.

 

I am finding this "King and Queen" thing a bit overblown, though? We know that nobody rules the Pickets, except maybe the weather, the slide alder, and the megacalories sacrificed to the approaches/descents! Those with the right stuff and some weather luck are just able to visit the throne room of the summits for brief visits (and the rare extended ridgeline traverse...). So I'm not seeing king/queen or master/apprentice, but really a couple of Pickets fans/devotees, out there enjoying it. It seems clear that a good Pickets partner is hard to find, so the devotees gotta stick together, to give their efforts the best chance of achieving success!

 

The Two Picketeers? :-)

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Clint!

 

Hey man, long time.

What are you talking about? Wayne is totally the queen of the pickets

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I'm amazed how climbing in NOCA has evolved in the past 10-20 years. The standard has been raised, and this ascent was up to standard: quick, light, and followed by an on-line multimedia TR share-out for the community.

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