Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Wind Rivers - Great Success!

"I just want to be off this thing" -Trent about 8 pitches into the East Ridge of Wolf's Head

I went to the Wind Rivers in WY this last weekend and had a hell of a good time. The trailhead is only 4 hours from my front door. I don't know why I've never been there before. It's like a remote Yosemite with routes for mere mortals everywhere. Trent and I took one day to hike into the Cirque of the Towers and then climbed the East Ridge of Wolf's Head (it's in the center of the photo). Super classic butt-puckering alpine ridge. Unlike anything I've ever climbed before because you're basically traversing on every pitch. That means you fell like you're on lead whether you're leading or following, usually with 1000 feet of air below. It's a grow-hair-on-your-chest kind of route. But it will also make that hair turn grey from sheer stress.
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