mardi 23 septembre 2014

Fall Climbing (Sep 21-22, 2014)

Weekend Climbing on Saddle Mtn and Gmoser Route on Mt. Louis

Fall climbing season is here. The weather is great and the views even better. On Sunday Madeleine and I decided to investigate the climbing on Saddle Mountain. We opted to climb the 4-pitch 5.9 "Rapping the Wrong Way" as an introduction to the cliff. What a spectacular area - we will return to sample the other routes!

The beautiful larch trees (tamarack) on the hike up to Saddle Mountain
 
Madeleine on the crux pitch of Rapping the Wrong Way
 
Enjoying the view of the Lake Louise area from the top of the route.
 
Madeleine rappelling the right way : )

 
Paul booked the day off on Monday and despite a long day on Sunday (he climbed Castle Mtn) he was keen to join me on the Gmoser Route on Mt. Louis. We woke up at 4:45am and were back home around 11pm. With a long approach, many long pitches (17 or so), ten short rappels and a never ending hike back down, it is a monster day. Car to car we made the ascent in 15 hours and 45 minutes. But what a beautiful day it was - we climbed in a tshirt all day (a rarity for alpine routes) and had the mountain to ourselves. Another fantastic fall day!

Paul climbing the finishing moves of the 5.9 crux pitch on the Gmoser Route
 

Paul on the Kain Route, moving from one rib to another
 

Paul topping out on the right (left) rib on the Kain Route
 
Paul on the summit of Mt. Louis with the sun behind him

1 commentaire:

Mamie a dit…

Belle vue! Beau temps! Quoi de mieux!