Trip Report Author: Gord Matthies
Participants: Rob Denson (Leader), Jessica Ambler, Gord Matthies
Friday evening started with Rob and Jessica rolling through Red Deer to pick up Gord on the way to Beauty Creek Hostel. We ended up being the only three people there all weekend. After a couple of false starts on the heaters due to the last occupants turning the propane off at the tank, we settled in for a fantastic weekend.
Anyone who has climbed with Rob knows we get an early start so Saturday morning we headed up towards Shades of Beauty with our headlamps leading the way. Rob lead up some fantastic ice and three pitches.
Back to the hostel for cheese, meat, and cracker appetizers followed by a delicious curry chicken. A little wine and lemon meringue pie for dessert, lots of laughs and discussion solving the world’s problems and there goes four hours! We even spent some time learning improvisation techniques… a very full evening!
The first pitch is a rambling grade 2 however it was so thin it was a pretty sketchy start to the day! A little rope stretch was needed to find a decent place for Rob to build an anchor.
Unfortunately, conditions warranted that we did not ascend the very final piece of this climb.
Another great weekend reuniting these three climbers from a December trip. Rob did a stellar job placing safe screws … and may spend this week sharpening a few that hit rock on that first pitch on Sunday! Looking forward to more fun and challenging trips to come!