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All Mixed Up 11/10/09

Robert Krinsky and I climbed All Mixed Up on this beautiful November day. Not a single person was seen and we were fortunate to have relatively warm weather and very light wind. Somewhat unexpected for RMNP. We had a blast climbing it! Here’s a great view of the four pitch route in it’s entirety.
The first pitch was relatively easy WI 2+, with only a few thin sections. In general, fun easy fat ice.

Pitch two had a fair bit of moderate mixed climbing. Really fun, but somewhat hard to protect. If you look hard enough you can find small stopper and cam placements and the occasional piton along the way. The crux of the route in these conditions, probably WI 4- M3+, super FUN!
The upper section of the second pitch is below. Pitch three starts out with a short steep step followed by a low angle snow ramp. The belay is off to the left of the last pillar. With small to medium size cams you can make an excellent rock anchor here.

The final pitch which is usually the crux at WI4, felt more like WI3 with a short mixed step exiting the cave on the left side of the flow.

Robert pulling the final moves!

Looking at the west side of Long’s Peak during our descent. The main couloir heading up Long’s is the Trough.

Some nice words from Robert after our climb…..

“This was among the best ice climbing outings that I have enjoyed in the 3 years that I have been at it. The day’s success was due to your impressive technical skill, first rate temperment, clarity of instruction, attention to safety, engaging personality, and a wonderful zest for adventure. It would be a terrific to be guided by you again, thanks Keith.”

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