The timing of our pilgrimage to the Incredible Hulk couldn’t be better - three days of good weather window flanked by rain and thunderstorms. This was my first time in the Sawtooth Range and as a climber, it was natural to just stare at those granite towers and drool. Marc and I climbed the super classic Sunspot Dihedral, a route that ascents the left side of the Hulk and passes over a distinct patch of orange granite (ie. the Sunspot). It was the most challenging climb I have done in the alpine - long, sustained and hard. But heck, I can’t wait to go back!
After an 8 hours trip up the NE Ridge of Bear Creek Spire that started at 3am, followed by 2 hours of intense cheering while watching the World Cup at Black Sheep, I was about to head for bed at 4pm. But being over 100F outside, the only sensible option was to retreat into the shaded paradise of Pine Creek Canyon. Apparently climbing is pretty awesome there, and as all WIDE aficionados would know, this is home to the uber-classic Pratt’s Crack. It’s no Pipeline or Twilight Zone but where else can you find 50m of type 1 fun OW?? I couldn’t resist its lure and took a burn on it, along with like 15lb of gears…
The storm has finally rolled into the Sierra after a week of gorgeous weather. Me and my climbing parter decided to use this opportunity for a much needed rest day. So here we are, back at Stellar Brew in Mammoth Lakes, sipping latte and getting work done. Well it’s Sunday and I didn’t feel like doing real work, so I cranked out another random concept art instead - The Final Passage