Monday, June 29, 2009
Back In P-Town!
It feels so nice to be home!! Alaska was a major success for Max and I. The only reason we are home early is because we felt that we had our fill of success...best not to get to greedy in the hills. On our trip we were able to make the first free ascent and fourth ascent of Burkett Needle, the first ascent of a mountain we called Silly Wizard Peak (3500' 5.7, 50 deg.), the first ascent (in bad weather) of the west ridge of Mt. Suzanne (named after my mother) (3500' m4, 5.8, 65 deg), and the fifth ascent of Mt. Burkett via the biggest route of our lives, a line we call The National Public Ridge (7000' 5.10, AI3, 70 deg). Although we had major success it was far from the easy trip. In the next few days I will attach stories to each of these climbs. Adventures include large falls while simul climbing, a broken helmet, forcing routes through bad weather, pushing on with little food, sitting out major storms in precarious positions, and tapping reserves of strength that only the good energy of freinds and family can provide. Thanks to all for the incredible support, whether it was gear, prayers, or positive thoughts...a lot went down out there, can't wait to share it with you all. Check back soon!