- Alex Lowe
If Alex was right, Michael Putnam and I were the best climbers in the world on Saturday.
What we climbed can only be described as a delightful adventure in the mountains. It was certainly in my top 5 for favourite climbs of all time!
|Matthes Crest - A delightful adventure in the mountains|
We set our sights on Matthes Crest, something that has been on my tick list for a longtime. Its a freestanding knife edge ridge, a very unusual formation, the route traverses a classic "sidewalk in the sky"
|Matthes Crest - We traversed from the South to the North Summit, then descended the notch|
|Michael is psyched.|
|We hiked passed Cathedral peak. Looking awesome as always.|
We rested a bit, then I started leading next to 2 other parties on route. Good times. The start is a couple of pitches of 5.4 climbing. Steep but really easy. Actually pretty good rock. Because the climbing is so easy it was possible to climb next to other people on route. Which we did.
|This is awesome|
First, on the approach, we ran into a group of 4 climbers from our local climbing gym, Metalmark, then when I got the first bely, I saw I bearded face I recognized from Troy's facebooks posts, Mitchell Quiring. Very friendly affable guy, with a passion for the mountains.
|Mitchell, nice to meet you! We need to climb some mountain together!|
After the short headwall, it was onto the ridge proper. My face was a grin, and it continued grinning for hours on end. Such a cool route, 0.5 mile of ridge climbing.
|Ridge climbing at its finnest|
|Michael travelling some cool looking terrain|
On one section of the ridge, some soloists passed us, and they turned out to be Richard, his friend Devin, and his girlfriend Laruen. Richard and I have done a few peaks together including Mt Morrison, Mt Langley, and Mt. Shasta. Small world. We chatted for a few minutes, then continued on.
|Michael looking suave with his kiwi coil|
|Highline madness. That takes a calm head.|
|This feels harder than 5.7....|
|Life really is great, right Michael?|
|Such a cool climb|
|Fun day. But I am dehydrated an tired.|
A long trek back to the cars, then my just reward, a nice cold beer from the cooler
|Touolmne beer - victory is mine!|
|Vegetarian chilli. So nice after a day of climbing.|
I highly recommend this route to anyone who love climbing, the mountains and does not mind a long hike and a big day.
Next weekend is my wedding anniversary, so we'll have to pick a nice mountain to climb to celebrate!