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 Peak(s):  Little Bear Peak  -  14,037 feet
 Post Date:  04/15/2010
 Date Climbed:   04/10/2010
 Posted By:  Easy Rider

 Hourglass & Baby Thunder   

Well, Not much to add to Brennan's report, but I will say that it was great to get up on a big line again after a long hiatus. I have been dealing with a little knee pain this winter, after pulling my mcl at a rough town league hockey game (eat it Tannis!), and worried how it would play on the spring peak season. Brennan's enthusiasm was contagious, and kept me motivated in spite of a heavy pack starting out, and overall lack of conditioning, felt good.

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I definitely needed more to eat that morning, because I hit the wall at 13k. I ate some frozen cuties, and ended up losing them right on the summit. Anyway, felt better after that. Don't know if Brennan signed the register, but I left my DNA up there.

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Brennan enters the Hourglass




So I didn't get too many pics after that, just tried to stay focused, but did get some video I can post sometime.

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Entrance to Baby thunder





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Brennan






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Back at the lake we were both very dehydrated, but elated over our successful day. We had some hot drinks, and melted some water, then Brennan headed down, and I rolled out the bivy for the night.
The next day was almost a carbon copy of the last, but hotter. I spent the day mostly just being lazy. I managed to dig to the creek below the outlet, and chip away the ice for water, but there was a bad funk to it, and decided instead to just finish off the last of my fuel melting snow, and used the black stuffsack of my bivy in a pan to heat snow with the sun. This didn't work quite as well as I hoped, but every little bit helped, and there were a couple puddles to filter as the day went on, and I was eventually able to get what I needed.

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  • Comments or Questions
mountainmicah83


Sweet pics     2010-04-15 09:54:32
Awesome pics,

Where is that Piton?


Easy Rider


Old Pitons     2010-04-15 10:03:15
There were two on the left side at the top of the main chute to the ridge.


goinforawalk

You guys are some serious apes!     2010-04-15 22:30:03
Well done!


KansasBoarder


NICE     2010-04-16 11:36:04
Dude, congrats again on your huge weekend. To turn around from our large day on LB and grab Blanca in less than ideal conditions says something!

Thanks for posting the pics of me, something to send home to the folks...though I think they might be more concerned about what we do after seeing the baby thunder pics...hehe.

Hoping that Long‘s gets a good storm or two sometime soon, then it‘s on again. Your mind will be blown by some of the cirques/faces on that peak. Way cool stuff.

Get it man!


vorticity


Incredible! #2     2010-05-11 18:36:25
Sounds like you guys had a super time. No danger at all .... ;-) Vort.



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