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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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