Red Shirt 5.8+ (8 pitches - 1962)
After avoiding this classic Yamnuska route for years, I finally got on it yesterday with my friend Sarah. What a hoot! I enjoyed every single pitch, laughed lots and learned several techniques and tricks.
As if a polished classic Yam route isn't enough fun for a day, we also escaped a thunderstorm, ran into a black bear and two cubs on the trail (which we circumvented by thrashing straight down towards the quarry) and dodged crashing boulders in the quarry.
Below are photos taken by Sarah throughout the day. Big thanks to her for making this ascent a fun, safe and memorable outing!
|Pitch 1 - Start in right crack then move left around pillar|
|Pitch 2 - Started by placing gear in chimney|
|Pitch 2 - Then moved left to big foothold|
|Pitch 3 - Then placed cams in nice crack before exiting|
|Pitch 4 - Clipping bolt below crux move|
|Pitch 4 - Starting traverse left after bolt & piton|
|Pitch 8 - The amazing (and easy) traverse right!|
|Pitch 8 - There are several footholds to choose from|
|Pitch 8 - Having a peek around the corner|
|Pitch 8 - Moving right beyond the pillar|