BCP109 Mount Cory (part 2)
After some refreshment we got back at it, in to new ground. The climbing above the ledge was great to awesome. Better rock, less rubble and cleaner lines. Brendan was doing a great job of leading and I was generally content following as we paralleled the Cory crack. The steepest pitches generally had great holds and the climbing was fun. Then Brendan has a proposition.... the 5.8 corner or the 5.6 alternative. The corner is a above a big safe ledge, it's not long and Brendan is going to lead ;) then let's do the corner. Well, Brendan made the corner look reasonable and was soon safe above. My turn... yep, tougher than it looked but I made it work. My fingers and arms were tired by the time I got the moves done, but I was happy to have done it. I let out a "Yahoo!" and indicated that is better be a gold cap rather than a brass cap at the end of this rainbow. From here the route soon mellowed but was littered with rubble and loose blocks but it still demanded respect and took us a little longer that anticipated to scramble the lower angle ridge above. We started to encounter snow and soon switched to boots rather than the rock shoes with the goal in sight above us. The scramble along the ridge was fun on such a perfect day. We were soon at the top of this minor summit with the cap tower and cap to greet us. I wrote the key number on my hand, we took pictures, ate "summit" chocolate and sorted gear for the descent. We opted out of a trip to the true summit given the time and the amount of snow on the upper ridge.
Ah, yes (FOUND) !
The descent was hard on the legs and toes, I'd been up this way years ago... wouldn't relish it again I have to say. We were both glad to finally hit the 1A, rescue the bikes from the trees and bike the 3+ km back to the car.
We have enjoyed a fine day in the mountains and one to remember.
I would what other adventures lie ahead with Brendan714!