2001-2002 SEASON OVERVIEW

Posted on: August 25, 2002


La Mascara (1850m) East face, Ilusiones (VI 5.10b A3+ or 5.11d, 700m, Alonso-Martos-Pelaez, 2001), first free ascent, Andy Cave and Leo Houlding (UK), early January 2002.

South face, Duncan's Dihedral (VI 5.11a A1, 700m, Copp-Merriam, 1998), second ascent, Dave Hesleden and Simon Nadin (UK), early January 2002. Hesleden and Nadin freed one previously aided pitch at 5.11c.

Paine Towers

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North, Central, and South Paine Towers, first solo enchainment and traverse, Steve Schneider (USA), February 16-18, 2002, in fifty-one hours base camp-to-base camp.

North Tower (ca. 2260m)

North Summit, new route, Ralph Ferrar and John Rzeczycki. Further details are lacking.

North Summit (ca. 2200m), west face, new route (IV 5.11+, 460m), Allison and Mike Pennings, February 17, 2002. The route followed the first three pitches of Adrenalina Vertical before moving left for five or six new pitches.

Central Tower (2454m), east-northeast face, Bonington-Whillans Route (IV 5.10a/b A1 or 5.11, 650m, Bonington-Whillans, 1963), first free ascent, Sean Leary and Zack Smith (USA), mid-January 2002. Allison and Mike Pennings (USA) climbed the route all free on February 16, 2002 (with a slightly different variation). Allison was likely the second woman to summit the Central Tower.

East Face, Riders on the Storm (VI 5.12d A3, 1300m, Batz-Dittrich-Arnold-Gullich-Albert, 1990-91), probable second ascent, David Stastny and Jan Kreisinger (Czech Republic), January 30-February 7, 2002. Out of twelve days on the wall, four and a half were spent in the portaledge due to bad weather.

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