Thursday, July 19, 2007

July 2007 It's Goode!

North Buttress goes up to the highest point.

The north buttress of Mt. Goode had been on my hit list for awhile. I teamed up with Pavel in July of 2007 to climb the route. It was a good route but jogs off the crest of the buttress in the lower third of the route to bypass a blank headwall section. We summited early and Pavel and his wife hiked up over Bishop Pass to bag the west arete of Mt. Winchell with Misha which I foolishly passed on. I've made a solo attempt at the w. arete since but bailed. We climbed about a pitch up the direct start before roping up. It was kind of a shitty spot. Pavel took the first lead giving me the exposed traverse across the arete. Was rather easier than expected. Pavel got the crux 5.9 finger pitch. We linked several pitches and did the 9 pitch route in I think 6 pitches.
Time to rope up.

Arriving at the first belay
Leading traverse pitch

Pavel coming up after the chimney

Pavel leading the crux pitch

Pavel on the summit