02 January 2009

Harlin

Category: Dark Materials

Day ended better than it started. Hardly slept becouse of the avalaunches (a part of my brain didn’t believe I was safe). Meant to start early, but hung on till 12 just in case any slopes went. One did. Started up jugging my fixed rope and hauling my haul bag as I went. Bloody hard work and I can see why ulie steck made such a big deal about hauling after his 7 days soloing the young spider.

Also ended up running on empty having only eaten 3 Ginger bisquits for breakfast. Tomorrow I’ll learn from todays lessons and mistakes.

Only made it up the first 200m of the route with lots of snow making it slow going. The ice seems to be patchy and ended up doing some fun drytooling (the only problem is the rock has the habit of exploding if you tourqe too hard.

I brought my portaledge (a hard call, but having read the last winter ascent of the harlin - which tuck 5 days and by the most gnarly team of russains, I thought it was worth the hassle). Anyway sleeping tonight in a little eiger bunk, a slot about 2 feet high benith an small buttress (I was to shattered to put up the ledge). Only problem is I keep banging my head - sort of reminds me of a certain patagonia bivy.

When I was digging it out ( wishing I had an adze or better still a shovel) I sudenly wondered what john harlin would have got up to if he hadn’t died up here?

I hope I finally get a good nights sleep.

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Andy Kirkpatrick

Andrew Kirkpatrick is a British mountaineer, author, motivational speaker and monologist. He is best known as a big wall climber, having scaled Yosemite's El Capitan 30+ times, including five solo ascents, and two one day ascents, as well as climbing in Patagonia, Africa, Alaska, Antarctica and the Alps.

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