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Plaidman

[TR] Ainsworth Left - Columbia River Gorge - Ainsw

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Trip: Ainsworth Left - Columbia River Gorge

 

Date: 12/8/2009

 

Trip Report:

 

Full Trip Report on the way. Ainsworth left was in on Monday 12/08/2009

 

We got two pitches up. Rick got up to the crux and placed two screws and lowered off. Kenny top roped it. I finished the first pitch up to the piton anchors. And belayed Kenny and Rick up. Then Rick led the 2nd pitch. I came up and tried to push further up but saw no anchor. We rapped off a V thread.

 

 

Having problem with the photo engine on CC.com will post more pics later.

 

Rick Mcdonald's Video

Rick McDonald Climbings Ainsworth Left

 

Rick, Kenny,and Plaidman taking the Video

Rick's Comments

Ice Climbing Ainsworth Left With Scott and Ken. Very marginal conditions. Some of the ice was butter and some bulletproof. Got Pieces in where I needed it, I guess. Never had to test it. Thank Frank. Just after I turned the camera off we experienced about 15-20 Seconds of terrifieng Ice fall, exploding all around us. I told my mates don't look up as I grabbed for the anchor.

 

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First Pitch

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more for y'all to drool over...

 

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i was nearly killed when this pin popped from the anchor while taking a picture of the kilt-wearer on the second pitch - OMG!!! :shock:

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How was the ice up above where you bailed? Any photos? Thanks

 

 

Lots of chandeliers but good ice. Thick. Too busy to take any pictures. Needed to get out of there. Took a long time to set up the V thread.

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Needed to get out of there. Took a long time to set up the V thread.

 

not to mention that we had to wait for that icefall to pass and then rethread the pin anchor...

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