Thursday, January 14, 2010

Let Them Taste The Wrath

This could be the description of climbing at Homer’s:

"Extreme pain is what they need to feel for the entire route," Whitt told him. "Let them taste the wrath as the agony consumes them."

But it’s not. It’s the description of the Ouray Ice Festival’s 2010 route.

 “It began with a steep but short "sit-start" section of M7 that led to an icy slab. A nearly holdless squeeze chimney above brought competitors to a balancy rest and re-belay. Higher still was the headwall, a 50-foot section of blocky, overhanging rock speckled with ice globules and capped by an overhanging ice ledge that led to the top of the gorge and the finish point.”

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