July 05, 2013

Climbing The Tower of Babel


I always feel safe with Aaron B.

Well, it might not be the hardest climb on the planet, but the Tower of Babel (8 pitches, 5.8) was a great way to ease back in to longer routes. Aaron B, of Parks Canada fame, was gracious enough to guide me up the route. And I'll tell you what, if I could afford to hire a guide for every climb, I'd do it. No worries. No stress. It was great. Thanks buddy for the fun day.

After the flooding that ravaged much of Southern Alberta, the skies cleared and summer arrived with 35 degree heat. After spending most of the previous 4 months recovering indoors, I finally felt fit enough to start hobbling around outdoors, and have tried to spend every minute of the day climbing, biking, hiking, or bobbing around in the refreshing water of the Canmore Quarry. The perpetual motion has become somewhat manic, but I guess that's the way it goes when you're trying to make up for lost time.


Aaron pressing it out on pitch 4.


The South Face of Temple with the classic East Ridge on the right skyline.


Climbing with Mt. Deltaform and the Valley of the Ten Peaks in the background.


The climbing starts to get really good two pitches from the top. Lake Louise style quartzite.


Last pitch to the summit.


Cumbre


Team shot


Aaron relaxing after a hard day of guiding.

1 comment:

Dave Healey said...

dude, it's that hat/shirt combo of his that does it for me. glad he kept you moving up when all you wanted was a Quarter Pounder with Cheese. word -

dh