A day on soggy ice @Tuck's
What are the odds two guys living in the same town would have so much in common....freaky coincidences of experience....motor heads, military schools, music, bourbon, cigars....well, maybe not so freaky at that....
We hit the road at 6:20 from my place...Nissan Murano, what a beast. It turns out I drive faster, but the slow ride was just fine and we hit the trail at 9:30. We met the snow in just a few hunderd fee of gain. The new caretaker is a real good guy and we got the straight scoop....but it wasn't hard to work out anyway...if it was in the sun it was rotten. We geared up and climbed center left via some interesting formations and a chimney. We got three pitches of actuall ascension and one of simul-climbing traverse above the icefall on 45 degree terrain....listening to the Sliuce fall down in a series of clatters and roars
It was a pretty nice day all things considered, but we were in the dark on the way down. Funny though, that's when a couple of folks went up and started on Left of Left, an lovely azure icefall that was the only solid ice in the ravine.
Smoked and sacrificed some JB Black to Agicocook and Ullr right on the deck and gave a cigar to the caretaker...
We got down in good order and stopped for dinner at the Moat....their Octoberfest is running out, but it was pretty good...at first, unfortunately it was kinda flabby on the finish.
"Moderate is not the new Low" - Chris Joosen, USFS Lead Snow Ranger.