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'Spicy All the Time' on North Twin: A Photo Essay
Wharton follows on Pitch 9. [Photo] Jon Walsh
The project took the team five days to complete, with one day spent on the approach and three days spent on-route. During Walsh and Wharton's ascent they "followed free. Always. We never did any ascending," Walsh said. The descent required extensive down climbing, often unroped.
Wharton wrote of the route, "This was my first 'summer' conditions climb in the Rockies, so I was a bit shocked by just how much loose rock there was...I expected it to be bad, but it was really bad. There was a time early on in the climb where I definitely questioned whether the risks involved with climbing the wall were worth it..."
The route contains everything from tall creaking pillars to what Walsh called "portable holds, holds that can sometimes surprise you and cause you to fall. You can't move fast up there. You can't gun it. It's delicate."