Thursday, July 19, 2012
Negotiating the Crux
Here we are passing through the most difficult part of the climb. We had to stem up and out of a rock chimney and once out, we were greeted by this exposed flank of the mountain. Here is where Engineer really starts to take on the ccrumbly, rotten characteristics or the rock that are so typical of the San Juan Mountains. This traverse would normally be a walk in the park, but we were faced with many "souvenir" holds. Holds that come out into your hand as you grab them. For me, this just added a new level of excitement and really made me conscious of what I was doing.