|The gimpiness on Wed|
We caught the first shuttle, shouldered about twice the recommended gear, and ambled up to the start of the route. Broken and ugly, the first three pitches are wandering low fifth class, working their way up to the start of the steep climbing that follows a right trending crack system just to the left of the huge arch. Jason led this section while I followed awkwardly with the pack.
Feeling confident that the cankle would handle standing in etriers, I then took the lead for next couple pitches and the section of "tricky nutting" which would prove to be crux of the day, at least time wise. For some reason, I had two ball nuts on the excessive rack which rendered this section fairly straight forward.
|Top of pitch 4|
|Blue on blue (photo by JD)|
|Since we suck at climbing right now, aiding is the name of the game|
|Fully in the sun and sweaty|
|Hours later... (photo by JD)|
|Photo by JD|
|Too much crap|
By this point, it was nearly noon and we were severely behind schedule. The sun had finally made herself known in full force and the sweating was full on. A wall in Zion in the summer? By the time we were sitting on the Earth Orbit Ledge, the psych was still high internally but the heat was sufficiently draining that we moved slowly and solemnly. Jason took the final bolt ladder before groveling with the obese rack over the last couple free moves to the finish. Then it was my turn to try and remember how to jug a steep line as I stepped off the ledge with a lot of air beneath my feet.
|Jason looking down into space|
|Welcome to the Earth Orbit Ledge (photo by JD)|
|A photo of me wishing Jason would hurry up so I could get out of the sun (photo by JD)|
|Airy perch before the final bolt ladder (photo by JD)|
|Gollum, the Virgin River, and some peaches|
|Space Shot follows the thin right trending crack system just to the left of the larch arch|
Gear for the day:
BD C4 Cams x too many
Handfull of BD C3s
Metolius off set cams x just about right (these make any aid route about a grade easier)
CAMP Ball Nuts x 2
Offset nuts x not enough (only had a couple and wished for more)
Various quickdraws and slings
Full aid regalia
Outdoor Research Tempo Shirt - pop open the pearlys to keep cool
Outdoor Research Ferossi 3/4 Length Pants - another fantastic versatile piece from the Ferossi line
SCARPA Crux Shoes - good for alpine scrambles and aid climbing
CAMP Speed Helmet
CAMP X3 600 Pack
None - too hot to eat
Drink - not enough. We started up with 7 liters but dumped 2 out early cause the pack was too heavy. That was stupid.