Saturday, 28 February 2009
The Professor Falls
The plan for today was to try this 280m WI4, named after someone who took a fall on the first ascent. The climb is popular so we decided to steal a march on any others by waking up at 0430 and walking to the waterfall in the dark. During the 2-hour walk-in the day dawned clear and crisp. The trail followed the Bow River, above which lay a water-mist which turned to hoar crystals on the riverside bushes. Quite magical.
We arrived at the base of the climb to find a pair of climbers gearing up, an American and a Canadian. I had a chat with the Canadian who was very friendly (I haven't yet met any Canadians who aren't!) He said he'd climbed the Seven Summits (the highest mountain on each of the seven continents).
The climb was excellent.
On the walk back to the car we were given a lift by a young woman on the back of her pick-up. She stopped without us putting out our thumbs!
Posted by Jim at 01:47