March 16, 2009

The Glistening


Jeremy Allyn's car after a day on the Emerald Slide Path.

I don't remember the last time I slept in past 9am. Man it feels good to wake up slow, nurse a cup of Pete's Java and chill out to the sonic accompaniment of The National. After last week's deep freeze, Spring seems to be poking around the Bow Valley. I'm ready for Winter to sail south and I won't cry when it's does. It's been long and cold and the thought of a hot stone and coastal road trip sounds pretty good.

In the meantime, I've been hosting a couple of good Yankee-Doodler Friends for the past few days. Danny Uhlmann, Jeremy Allyn and I all used to work together at the American Alpine Institute and we've shared a bunch of good times together over the years. Jeremy is still recovering from a broken ankle suffered a year and a half ago, but he's managing to hobble up some the Rockies classics. No doubt, this is due entirely to his fancy Petzl Nomics. In 2007, Danny and I worked and climbed in Bolivia and I would be hard-pressed to think of a better wingman. On that trip, we managed to pull ourselves away from the La Paz nightlife for just enough time to climb the super classic West Face of Huayna Potosi. To read a short and juvenile account of that trip, click here.

Danny U after a bout at Haffner.

Danny's screw after losing round 1. The climb managed to knock him off before he could finish screwing it in.

Me and Jeremy moments before getting hassled by the Banff Police for mischief.

Going out a roof at Haffner.

Josh Smith on another big roof.

Climber on the Boyd Mystery.

Josh Smith on the Boyd Mystery.

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