A Weekend in Leavenworth
April 25-27, 2003
Theron's trip report and some great photos are here!.
Michael's trip report and some great photos are here!.
To celebrate Kris' birthday, Kris and Michael rented a cabin in Leavenworth and invited a bunch of us over for the weekend for some birthday cake and a little climbing!
Michael and I got up early Saturday morning for a Dawn Patrol and we ended up climbing Canary, the classic 3 pitch climb on Castle Rock. Michael took the first pitch
and did a great job leading the various rock encountered: thin crack, face, slab, hand crack, roof, face. I, on the otherhand, having been away from the rock too long, slipped while
trying to traverse out from under the roof and ended up falling. Falling scares the heck out of me, even on top rope, so after reaching the belay on my 2nd try I encouraged
Michael to take the 2nd pitch. It was a chilly morning and we waited for about 10 minutes on the large ledge while I blew on my fingers to get them warmed back up.
Even with the prescribed #4 Friend for protection, a fall at the beginning of the second pitch is not something one wishes to experience.
Even if you miss the hitting the ledge, you're looking at a good 15 foot pendulum back underneath the roof. And then you would have to re-climb
the crux of the 1st pitch. But fortunately there are good holds for this fun, exposed pitch.
To 'get back on the horse' I lead the easy 5.7 third pitch up to the top. We ended up getting back to the cabin about an hour late, but this latest Dawn
Patrol ranked right up there among our best!
Back at the cabin we met Kris, Kim, and Theron ( who drove over that morning) and headed down the Icicle Creek Canyon to climb the R&D route.
Pictures to come....
Sunday afternoon we all drove over to Peshastin Pinnacles and Michael and Kim
climbed the Tunnel Route and then Theron, Kris, Michael and Kim climbed Martian Diagonal
while I took pictures and filmed it.