Photo taken June 2010. Larger version here.
On Wednesday I had the opportunity to be a rope lead on The Tooth, one of the signature rock climbs in the Snoqualmie Pass area. It was the first outdoor rock climb I ever went on; although it”s an easy climb I remember getting wigged out by exposure and clomping around in rigid mountain boots, scraping the rock looking for a purchase as if I had hoofs for feet.
Scott led the trip, while Duncan, Vance, and I joined as rope leads for Jon, Robin, Nate and Errin. It was a great group of people to climb with. Although we didn”t know each other well, by the end of the day we were having a lively discussion about some recent incident about a cop arresting some naked person.
We had a bluebird day and climbing it the second time up I was much more confident. The gigantic handholds reminded me of the children”s wall at the climbing gym with big, colorful handholds shaped like elephants and donkeys.
Unfortunately I left my camera at the base of the climb, but I was able to get this pic of my belayer,Jon,on his way down. It was his first rock climb and it brought back fun memories of my first time out.