- Sometimes I can't believe the quality, quantity and remaining potential for alpine rock climbs within a bike-ride distance from my door in Leavenworth.
- Knowing the routes, memorizing which pieces to save for belays, learning to link pitches, and constantly moving efficiently is so vital to climbing long routes quickly and economically.
- Hall of Famer Ernie Banks expressed a love of baseball (and its double-headers) by saying "It's a beautiful day for a ballgame... Let's play two!" and Sunday, July 27th was a beautiful day for an alpine rock climb. Or three. Jens Holsten and I enjoyed "home field advantage" and used our knowledge of hundreds of trips into the Stuart Range to climb our own personal Ultime Linkup of three routes on 3 peaks. Obviously saying that this linkup is the "ultimate" anything can be rather silly, egotistical, and factually incorrect, as stronger climbers could certainly find ways to be even "more ultimate", but for Jens and I, there isn't another day's objective in the range which will top this.
|Max Hasson photo - Let it Burn on CBR|
|Jens Holsten leads Pitch 2 of Dragons of Eden. [Photo] Blake Herrington
On a practice run of Dragons of Eden, Holsten pulls through the route's difficult headwall. On the day of the duo's successful linkup, Holsten took two falls onto a yellow Alien before pulling through the crux on the third try. [Photo] Blake Herrington
Holsten on the final crack of Prusik Peak's Der Sportsman. [Photo] Max Hasson