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Training for the Himalayas Part 2

Intro to Mountaineering
March 11, 2012
Snowdon West Buttress
April 12, 2012

Julie is training to climb Nun and Kun in Kashmir this summer.  Julie came up to Durango and climbed with me in January during an Intro to Mountaineering course.   She just returned last week for some more.  We started out with two days of ice climbing.  Day one in Cascade Canyon going over the basics, and day two in Ouray at the Skylight area and a little in the Ice Park.  We then headed up to Snowdon to learn some crevasse rescue, how to ascend a fixed line, team rope travel, make a summit bid, and do some winter camping.  On the fifth day we made a summit bid, but turned around part way up because of the avalanche conditions.  We hiked back to camp, packed up, and were back in Durango by noon so we switched out gear and went rock climbing at X-Rock for a few hours.  The last day we headed back to Cascade Cayon for some more ice climbing, before Julie started the drive back to Flagstaff.

Great climbing with you Julie!

BK