Almost "Out of Time" on The Citadel's Edge of Time Arête
I caught wind of The Citadel maybe two years ago, reading how huge Sierra car-to-car days, 32 miles round trip, could be had on this incredible peak. I put it on the list right away, but the area was elusive, mysterious, remote.
The Temple-Gayley-Sill traverse takes the obvious line from the summit of Tample crag, down and back up the ridge leading to Mt. Gayley, then down the ridge towards Mt. Sill and back up the Swiss Arete.
Winter Ascent of the Venusian Blind Arete, Temple Crag
Disappointed that our top-secret really big plans had fallen through for various reasons (weather, partners, & psych), Ben Horne (aka the zoom locomotive) suggested that we try an alternate plan that was merely regular-big.
Single Push of NE Ridge of Lone Pine Peak in Winter
“I believe. I believe. I believe.” Staring at the ceiling of my car, parked at the foot of Lone Pine Peak. 2:45 a.m. on a February morning, trying to psyche myself through the doubts that kept creeping through my head. “It is within me. Believe.”
Returning from an ascent of Bear Creek Spire this weekend, Konstantin and I got into the topic of Winter climbing. This conversation, transcribed essentially verbatim, contains pretty diverse perspectives on why we go to the Sierra in Winter.