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
No matter how many times I hike out of the lower gorge at Smith, the view is so mesmerizing that it never gets old. It was yet another awesome weekend of crack climbing at Smith and Trout Creek. But that’s not all, I had the unique chance to climb with John Rich - a long time Smith local and first ascensionist. Despite being in his late 50’s, he sent one of the many 5.12 sport routes he put up in the 80’s (White Trash) while the rest of us watched in awe. And guess who did the FA of Trout Creek’s uber classic JR Token!
Photo: Kevin looking stoked on Matthes Crest. We did the full crest traverse on a gorgeous day and had the rock all for ourselves. It was an official kick-off of the Sierra season with two classic alpine routes ticked off in a weekend (the other one was Third Pillar of Dana - unfortunately no photos of those incredible pitches).