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Beautiful Ice Lakes
September 1, 2009
AMGA Alpine Guides Exam
September 5, 2009

Climbed August 8th and 9th. Trip report soon…

Bill G wearing the appropriate foot attire for Astrodog's approach.

Bill G wearing the appropriate foot attire for Astrodog's approach.

 

Dan W. at the first rappel of Astroslog

Dan W. at the first rappel of Astroslog

 

Bill with North Chasm view wall in background.

Bill with North Chasm view wall in background. North Chasm view wall is home to Scenic cruise, Journey Home and many other excellent climbing routes.

 

The Astroslog rappel route is not very obvious. Luckily, we know the way!

The Astroslog rappel route is not very obvious. Luckily, we know the way!

 

Getting closer to the river. 2000 feet down. 2000 feet up.

Getting closer to the river. 2000 feet down. 2000 feet up.

 

 

Myself and Bill excited the raps are almost over and the climbing is about to begin.

Myself and Bill excited the raps are almost over and the climbing is about to begin.

 

Dan cruising through the top of the 1st pitch.

Dan cruising through the top of the 1st pitch.

 

Myself finishing pitch 3. This pitch starts out with moderate 5.10 wide climbing, changes into excellent laybacking and finishes with a challenging 5.10+ finger crack.

Myself finishing pitch 3. This pitch starts out with moderate 5.10 wide climbing, changes into excellent laybacking and finishes with a challenging 5.10+ finger crack.

 

Dan with his game face on for the first 5.11 pitch. He rocked it!

Dan with his game face on for the first 5.11 pitch. He rocked it!

 

This is the enduro corner. The reason for the Astroman (from Yosemite) copycat name.

This is the enduro corner. The reason for the Astroman (from Yosemite) copycat name.

 

Looking down onto the 2 boulder bivy site from half way back down the enduro corner. This is where we stayed for the night.

Looking down onto the 2 boulder bivy site from half way back down the enduro corner. This is where we stayed for the night.

 

Bill got to haul the pig this pitch. Lucky for him, he is REALLY strong.

Bill got to haul the pig this pitch. Lucky for him, he is REALLY strong.

 

The crux pitch. Short, but it packs a punch.

The crux pitch. Short, but it packs a punch.

 

Bill and Dan looking at the South Rim overlook from 3 pitches below.

Bill and Dan looking at the South Rim overlook from 3 pitches below.

 

 

Bill about to take off on the final pitch. This pitch tops out at the scenic overlook where about 30 tourists were waiting to congratulate us.

Bill about to take off on the final pitch. This pitch tops out at the scenic overlook where about 30 tourists were waiting to congratulate us.

 

Bill bringing up Dan while I hauled the pig.

Bill bringing up Dan while I hauled the pig.