Aiguille Extra in 2008. We got hammered with hail early in the afternoon about 2/3 up the route. A mildly unpleasant bail followed.
Aiguille Extra IV 5.10 - E. Face Date:
needles south of Whitney lies Aiguille Extra. (Just right of center) rh
turned me onto this. He had one day to do it and had none of his
usual partners. So Wed found us on the approach and arriving at the
base around 8:30 AM. The
route was alternately stellar and chossy and eventually we wound up
at the crux pitch 2/3 of the way up. Unfortunately
at that time the skies opened up dumping lots of hail. It became
serious quickly. Above the roof a retreat was called. As
luck would have it, the weather improved as soon as we committed to
descent. Things weren't perfect on the descent but we are both alive.
As my partner put, "A great adventure".