Wednesday, February 20, 2008

The Cody Waterfall Ice Festival Trip Report

This last weekend was the Waterfall Ice Festival. Everything went pretty smoothly, aside from not getting any sleep for four days.

Saturday Travis and I took a clinic out for beginners. Most of them had never seen a crampon before in their life, and all of them made it to the top. Very cool experience, as always when you can teach people new stuff.

Clinic go-ers at the bottom of Deer Creek Falls

Sitting up on the ridge, shooting photos.

Climber at the top of Deer Creek Falls

Top ropes set up, ready to go

Everyone was shooting photos.

Travis getting people ready to get back down.

Saturday night I had some younger guys from Grand Junction, Colorado, ask me to play tour guide for them. They wanted something to challenge them, so I suggested we hiked back to Smoked Turkey. Aside from the minor goofs that occur when you aren't used to climbing with people, everything went very well, and although we didn't get to climb the Drum Stick, we did get three pitches of quality ice in.

Pitch One

Pitch Two

Doug (from Denver) leading up the first pitch

Chris leading the Left Wing, with the Drum Stick in the foreground.

Doug on the crux of the Left Wing.

I'm not sure what our official numbers were, as of yet. I know there were alot of people running around, and I got to catch up with some old friends, and meet some really cool new people. The two boys from Grand Junction are planning a Cataract Canyon trip, and want me to go along with them, since I have done it before. We'll have to see how this summer goes!

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