Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Yamnuska & EEOR with Dan & Tezla

So far the Spring rock & alpine season has been going great!  Apart from lots of cragging in Skaha and the Bow Valley, I've had some really fun guiding days on multipitch climbs around Canmore. 

In mid-May, Dan & Tezla joined me for two days of multipitching and we were lucky to get some great weather.  We started with an ascent of "Pony Express" (5.10a) up on Mt. Yamnuska.  It was a really nice route on good solid grey rock.  The crux comes on pitch 6 and is in a really cool position on a prow high on the cliff. 

 Me leading on Pony Express.  Photo: Dan C.

Dan & Tezla enjoying the sunshine on one of the belay ledges on Pony Express.

The next day we decided to tackle a route called Econoline (5.10a) up on EEOR (climber slang for "East End Of Rundle").   The climb follows some of the best rock on the wall, and has a really cool crux section where you traverse across a smooth wall with small handholds and very little to put your feet on. 

Tezla nearing a belay on Econoline.

All three of us had lots of fun climbing up on the classic walls of the Bow Valley, and Dan & Tezla both did great on their first 5.10 multipitch routes!

J. Mills
CRAG Head Guide

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