Sunday, February 21, 2010

Extra Light - WI3/4, 245m

Matt & Ken chillin at the belay on top of the first pitch of Extra Light.
Matt & Ken from Calgary joined me on Friday for an ascent of Extra Light on Mt. Stephen. It was their first multipitch climb & proved to be an excellent choice for the day! The climb starts with 2 pitches of WI3 ice, and then continues up a narrow canyon with snowslopes and many short ice steps. After a couple hours in the canyon, it opens up to the final long pitch of steeper ice. On the descent we practiced rappelling techniques and made it back to the ground by mid-afternoon. It was a long climb for a first multipitch but they both did an excellent job and are keen to do more climbs in the future!

The upper crux pitch of Extra Light.
J. Mills
CRAG Head Guide

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