28 Oct Fall in the Eastern Sierra: Crystral Crag, North Peak’s N. Couloir, Pine Creek, & SE Face of Emerson
|On the sunlit edge of Crystal Crag’s North Arete.|
|In North Peak’s North Couloir- Classic neve conditions.|
Next we headed for North Peak’s North Couloir. A proper mixed climb, this route combines a handful of ice pitches with 3 pitches of quality rock climbing. Awesome. Billy came with a climb like this as his main goal. He’ll be the first to admit that it was awesome, but just one day in almost a week of great days!
|Approaching Emerson’s huge SE Face|
Day 3 we went rock climbing in Pine Creek. Recent and dedicated efforts by some of Bishop’s finest have created some truly classic multi-pitch rock climbs out there. We tackled “Chips off the Old Block”, a 6 pitch 5.10b.
Day 4 we waffled a bit on plans, debating among our many excellent options. Weather, access and desires narrowed the choices and soon the SE Face of Emerson rose to the top of the heap. This is a huge route. Never “hard”, but constantly technical, Emerson can be a full-day and then some. Billy came fit, got acclimated, and we crushed the agenda in a noteworthy-for-the-season sunlit car to car effort. In fact, in civilized fashion, we never left the car before sunrise and never returned after.
|Above the face is some killer ridge-aneering.|