Ice Ascent in Yosemite!


The Alpinist has a report of a rare ice ascent in Yosemite thanks to the recent cold snap that has struck California, and much of the country for that matter.

On January 17 three men, Dave Bengsten, Doug Nidever and Scott Brown, made the climb on Yosemite’s Widow’s Tears, a route that only appears when there is a rare cold spell to allow the water to freeze. Climbers for this route have to act fast however, as it typically doesn’t stay around long. The men climbed all day, and topped out with eleven pitches along the way, often climbing across rock in their crampons.

The brief report remarks that it is expected to be 60 degrees in the area this weekend, meaning that the route is probably gone for quite some time again. Very impressive stuff. And while I’ve given you the gist of the article, you need to click on the link to check out the photo of the climb. (Damn blogger and it’s picture posting bugs!) The climbers look like specs on the wall. Simply amazing.

Edit: Image has been added to this post.

3 thoughts on “Ice Ascent in Yosemite!”

  1. Your using blogger and it should be very easy to put in pics, let me know if you have any questions. Basically, when your editing a post you don’t want to use the “Add Image” button in the Compose mode. Switch to “Edit HTML” mode and where you want the pic do :

    <img src="http://www.somewhere.com/image.jpg"&gt;

    If you want to control the alignment add align="left" or right etc.

    mbg

  2. Yeah, I know. I even know the HTML commands, I’m just lazy! 😛

    Just kidding! I actually keep telling myself that I need to use the html when the standard image tools aren’t working, but often times I’m pressed for time when publishing something, so when it doesn’t work, I just come back later and fill them in when I have more of a moment.

    Blogger knows about the bug, and they are trying to work it out. They’ve added some new error codes in the past few days as they try to work out what ever is going on. I’m sure they’ll get it worked out eventually, but until then I may very well have to start using those tags.

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