/ Cassin Ridge, Denali - What gear?
I've finally got around to writing it up, it is unashamedly geeky I'm afraid. I've tried to proof read it, but please point out any of the inevitable errors.
Hope this is interesting/helpful.
i.e. you refer to a couple of pitches of V but it doesnt really look like scottish v in the crux pics (bearing in mind from below it never looks as hard) so is it that it 'feels' like V because of the situation/climbing you have already done or that it 'is' V?
And I suppose, why do we even try and say its scottish grade, when it isnt scotland?
> i.e. you refer to a couple of pitches of V but it doesnt really look like scottish v in the crux pics (bearing in mind from below it never looks as hard) so is it that it 'feels' like V because of the situation/climbing you have already done or that it 'is' V?
The bulge in the Japanese Couloir felt like the Rouge pitch at Easter. The "crux" bit above Cassin Ledge was probably easy IV. There was one pitch at the top of the 2nd rock band that felt V, apparently you can skirt round it though. There were another two or three short rocky steps that felt like IV 5 in isolation.
> And I suppose, why do we even try and say its scottish grade, when it isnt scotland?
I used a Scottish grade, because it is a grade that I and most other UK climbers can best relate too.
Good questions btw.
Quote of the Blog:
"Toothbrush - My mouth felt pretty minging at the end of it and cleaning my teeth back at 14k was semi-orgasmic. "
Alpinists, sexy bunch aren't we.
If GU makes you feel like Mark Twight then I should buy some. I'd agree regarding 'real food' though - I find on any prolonged day out that it's the pork pies etc. that taste better than the flapjacks and bars.
Regarding the Brynje string stuff, I'm still to try it, but Aclima are the other company that I know of who do similar stuff made of PP. The theory is absolutely sound and its nice when they work in real life: I've got a 'string' vest made by Craft http://www.wiggle.co.uk/craft-cool-mesh-superlight-sleeveless-base-layer/ which is absolutely amazing. I'm completely sold on it. The problem is that when worn on its own it makes you look like a sexual predator.
For gels, it's got to be Torq, they're the only ones worth eating IMO.
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