After a much needed rest day to lick my wounds from Chasm Lake I met up with Joe for some more ice climbing. The night before he mentioned that we were going to climb some really long route and that I should get ready for some WI5. I really had no idea what that was so I figured I should party all night. With about 3 hours of sleep I headed to meet him at the Officers Gulch trailhead. We geared up and headed up the bike path and into the woods. After about a 45 minute hike we were at the bottom of the ice. The plan was to follow the ice up as high as we could. We simu-climbed the first pitch of ice to the base of the hard stuff.
Joe lead his first WI5 and looked great doing it. I had tons of problems as I hadn’t eaten enough that morning. I bonked about 10 minutes in while trying to clean the 2nd screw. My arms were just cooked. I kept trying to work through it but couldn’t. Finally after about 25 minutes I decided that it was a bonk and slammed some snacks. After about 2 minutes the energy returned to me and I got back under way. It was so damn hard but I did it. It was a very humbling experience. I look forward to more lessons from this new, to me, sport.
We continued up for a few more pitches and realized that we weren’t going to make the summit. After 6 rappels we were off the ice and getting ready to hike out. It ended up being 11 hours car to car. I love hiking out in the dark feeling totally worked and satisfied that you took yourself to the next level.
Thank you Joe for continually pushing my comfort zone. That’s what friends are for aren’t they 🙂