Bushwhack bushwack. Steep. Some wet. Used a lot of trees and branches for stability and lots to use. Not a fun decent.
Pitches I lead first five. They pushed me and were difficult for my experience. After I placed a couple of quick draws on most routes I held the draw to get my feet higher - it was tough finding good handholds sometimes. Pitch two to five were5.6. Really grippy rock - not a lot of good foot holds - had to use the ball of my foot on the rock and prayed it held. I was getting more comfortable with this by pitch five. Or maybe the rock changed slightly and offered smoother places to place my feet. Rock type: some slabs and lots of arête. Lots of loose pebbles and larger to accidentally kick down on partner or other groups. 95%of hand hold were bomber -a good amount- it didn’t leave me doubting but I check a large chunk of holds anyways. Tons of rockfall from Scott. Not cool. His rockfall cut my left knuckle and slammed twice a rock directly on my helmet.
Left parking lot around 5:08pm. Reached top of 6th pitch by around 9:36pm. So about 4.5 hours from parking lot to the top of the sixth pitch, including waiting a couple of minutes at a couple of stations.
Gerry and I were second group. Bert and Laura were third and only did two pitches then returned. Alex and Scott first group.
Gerry didn’t feel overly comfortable leading the 5.6’s.
I would do this again, but very carefully and not often. I’m not overly comfortable leading it, similar to the first pitch at wasootch for the made up two pitch multipitch. But I would lead it again in ideal weather. But at times I will question why am I leading this again.
Route finding nearing anchor stations can be tricky. On one of the 5.6 pitches mid climb you’ll enter a gulley from the right side and there will be gravel and loose rock on the gulley bottom. Look up the gulley and find the slab on the left is the one you are looking for the next bolt.