Since the avalanche forecast looked grim, Dave Jack and I hit the ice and got a
little climbing in. The weather held, the ice was good, and I only got screaming
barfies once!


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Here's what you see on the way into the climb. It's a reasonably short (30 minute) uphill
approach through the trees on the east side of the K country highway.


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Here is Dave leading a decent piece of WI4. The ice was in nice shape and the promised -20 deg C
day didn't happen.


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The way the ice formed, there is a cave behind the main curtain that allows for a nice spot
to sit and drink your apple cider at lunch time. Dave gives this his stamp of approval.


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Here is Dave on top rope enjoying a nice morning. That dagger to his right freaked me out a little.


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A better shot of the dagger.


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Dave making a move.


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A better view up to the top. There are definitely bolts on this rock so it's clearly
either for mixed climbing (gross) or this could be rock climbing in the summer.


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I started the day by warming up on the left side of this curtain. I'm still climbing in
my Garmont Adrenaline ski boots, but they seem to perform just fine.


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A nice shot of Dave showing more of the ice curtain.


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Dave decided that he wanted to start climbing from the inside of the cave and then traverse
around the arete and keep climbing. Here he is starting in the cave.


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Dave beginning to make the traverse. Check out that pillar of ice waiting to blow off.


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A nice back step to keep the climb going.


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A cool move to make it around the corner.


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This is just shortly after Dave dropped a massive ice chunk bigger than my torso to the deck.


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Turning the corner.


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And he got it!


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This is from the top of Wedge Smear. It has a decent view of Mt Kidd from this point. Today
marks my first day of rapelling off a V-thread!

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