Friday, September 24, 2010

Castle Crags - September 12, 2010

In the morning Kevin and Lauren hosted a breakfast and we attended to track them down and get the paperwork all signed for the marriage. After the breakfast we headed out to climb at Castle Crags just south of the City of Mt Shasta. I had been there once before but after the hike up to the base of Cosmic Wall we got rained on and climbed on some small crags on the trail. Well no worries of rain on this day but the time we got there it was roasting at 1 pm.
The Ogre. The Cosmic Wall goes up the right side with the top of the first pitch below the right nostril and the second pitch traversing right and belaying to the right of the right eye and then going straight up to the large notch on the top and following the ridgeline to the summit. Two rappels bring you to the tree in the notch behind the formation.
We got up the 3 mile approach in about 2 hours and got on the route. Anja leading the first pitch.
Anja following the second pitch up steep 5.6.
Anja leading the third pitch which she linked with the fourth pitch with a little simul climbing.
Ken looking back while on the 6th pitch, which he link with the 5th.
Anja on the ridgeline coming up the the summit bolts.
Ken on the summit with Mt Shasta in the background
Ken and Anja on the summit
Anja on the first rappel
Looking down the second rappel and the gully descent.
So much unclimbed rock at Castle Crags it is crazy! This picture probably has 5 routes which have been climbed.

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