June 25, 2010

Climbing Zig Zag Yamnuska

Gery U following Zig Zag's 5.11 traverse on pitch 6.

Spent the past couple of day's climbing on some of the Bow Valley's finest stone. Started with another visit to Lake Lousie with Ms. Carlyle N who was gracious enough to session the full 40 meter Scared Peaches with me. I was scared this might turn in to a protracted battle - consuming me for much of the summer. But for once, fate smiled down and hooked me up with a send. Wow. What a pitch. A must for any aficionado of the Air Voyage Wall.

Rallied to Yamnuska the following day for a lap on Jon Walsh and Sean Isaac's newish route Zig Zag. I'd heard good things about this 8 pitch, 5.12A and was stoked to check it out. So after a few false starts due to weather, Gery U and I finally got on it. Props to Jon and Sean for the awesome route! Super fun climbing, great stone and an airy position makes this as good as any line on the cliff.

Gery U starting the first pitch.

Mrs. Wexler on the crux of Pitch 2. Gery Unterasinger Photo.

Followig pitch 2.

Following pitch 3.

Gery's diet consists of hard limestone.

Pitch 5.

Following the airy 5.11 traverse on pitch 6.

The final 5.10+ pitch is one of the coolest top-outs on zee cliff.

The hike down.

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