| 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.
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.
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.
Entrance to Baby thunder
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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