Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Gypsy Rain; Another FKA

We now return you to The Gyspy Channel:
"Adventure Mrs. Gray?"
"Adventure, Mr. Gray."

Cindy eyes a potential line, hidden under thick lichen and moss, downslope from the incredible Rainmaker roof crack.

A thick bed of moss and lichen provides added challenges on the opening moves. 
Minimal cleaning revealed enough nubbins to gain the face.

Roof and face left of the Rainmaker

After half an hour of scrubbing on lead, a rest stance above the crux mantle, with over half the climb to go and clouds moving in from the east.

"Hon, did you ever look over there?"

Lake George, from the rappel.

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Eye to eye with the Rainmaker, above the roof.

Miss Pink Pants, on her way back to the base; first trad line, first ascent, and rappel since her surgery in March of this year.

Gypsy Rain, 5.8+, 23m, wired stoppers #3-12, Camalots .25 to #4, Lowe Tricams #1-4, fifteen slings eight to eighteen inches, one 10' loop of 1" webbing for the anchor. First known ascent Mike and Cindy Gray, September 6.2016

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