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Slideshow: A Busy Season in the Revelations


 

Vonk follows the first crux pitch while climbing on the Dike. [Photo] courtesy of Ian Welsted

After abandoning their quest for Pyramid Peak's summit, Irwin, Vonk and Welsted headed toward the east face of Hydra Peak (ca. 7,800 feet) for a "casual" day. "We climbed a 2,200-foot route consisting of only five pitches of technical climbing to the 7,800-foot summit," Welsted raved. "Mind blowing thin ice climbing was interspersed with a drytooling roof or two, topped off by a spectacular ridge walk with views over to the flats on the western side of the range." The group attempted Pyramid Peak once more, but they were thwarted again by bad conditions. "A half-hour after leaving the bottom cone of the route we saw a full-height avalanche triggered by a cornice collapse which obliterated the route."

Despite not gaining the summit of Pyramid Peak, the three climbers left fully sated.

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alpinist

Thanks for your close attention, Steve! You are correct—the Angel was first climbed by Greg Collins and Tom Walter who authored several climbs at the head of the Revelations Glacier in 1985. Their ascent followed the southeast buttress and went unreported for several years. For more on the history of the Angel, click here: www.alpinist.com/doc/web13w/wfeature-mugs-2012-helander —Ed.

2014-06-30 17:21:01
Steve Gruhn

Not to take anything away from the accomplishments of Kris Irwin, Darren Vonk, and Ian Welsted, but "previously unclimbed 9265-foot" The Angel was first climbed in 1985 by Greg Collins and Tom Walter. Rumors of a 1986 ascent persist. Clint Helander and Ben Trocki climbed The Angel on April 3, 2012, and Scott Bennett and Graham Zimmerman reached the summit in the summer of 2013.

2014-06-27 10:18:00
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