|The BC follows the skyline.|
After the weather cleared up we spent the evening greeting the other climbers and learned that we had a celebrity in our midst. More on that later...
|Me on the first 5.10 pitch. Notice the guy above me.|
|Another picture of the first 5.10 pitch. I am just below the crux.|
|Ben on the tails of another party.|
|First view of the headwall.|
|Looking up at the second 5.10 pitch.|
|A nice view of the lower half of the BC. Also note the other parties on the ledge.|
The route finding was simple, and every pitch threw something different at you. Most of the climbing was wide, slightly flared, and thuggy, but the occasional finger crack and roof kept things interesting. Gear placements are abundant, and I never felt runout or scared. Belays are very obvious, and higher up you simply climb until the end of the rope and set up a station instead of worrying about the "right" belay spot.
|A typical pitch at the top of the BC.|
|Me on the 5.10 traverse at the top of the route.|
|Me on the summit of the BC.|
|I think we got off route on the second to last rappel...|
|Final rappel over a schrund to reach the glacier.|
Which brings me back to the mystery climbing legend. It was Fred Beckey! It was his first trip back to East Creek in 51 years! He is 89 years old and still climbing.
|Me with Fred.|
|Fred walking to the helicopter pick up site. I was really nervous watching him walk across the snow.|