Tags: Posted on October 25, 2011

Well it's been a busy fall trying to make some money for the winter and moving, but everything is falling into place as the temps drop and the snow and ice begin to appear  I can hardly wait to finish up some old projects and start some new ones.  My foot has nicely healed from the Twin and is ready to charge agian. 


But as the seasons change, I wanted to finish up with some summer stuff like the photos from the "Minataur" that some friends have asked about.  Once again, Minataur was a route on the East foace of Snowpatch Spire that Colin Moorhead and I climbed together.  It starts up the first four pitches of Labyrinth, then weaves in and out of "Les Bruixes es Pentinen" for the next eight pitches (three on Bruixes and five new), and we finally finished up the last three pitches of Labyrinth.  The direct finish awaits!  The climbing was superb the whole way and we'd highly recommend this adventure as another fine, fifteen pitch free route up the best wall in the Bugs!

The grades are as follows: 5.10; 5.11+; 5.12-; 5.11-;5.11-;5.12-;5.11-;5.10-;5.11;5.12-;5.11;5.11-;5.11-;5.10

The first day we fixed three ropes, and climbed a new pitch.  We then ascended the ropes the second day and continued to the top.  A more detailed topo will appear in next years alpine journal.  I'll eventually post the detailed beta, whenever it gets written but that is something on the back burner right now.

Colin on the first pitch of Labyrinth


Me on the freehanging jug on the second pitch of Labyrinth


Me leading a new pitch, the first of our Minataur variation



Colin freeing making the 12a ffa of the roof pitch of Les Bruixes Es Pentinen
Me finding an a 5.11 thin crack / face variation which detours around the second roof of Bruixes.  One bolt was placed to protect the run-out slab right off the belay.
Colin Folowing the pitch which re-joined Bruixes
Colin following a nice pitch of splitter crack climbing
Unfortunately we didn't get any pictures of the next two sensational pitches.  Guess you'll just have to go there if ya want to see them!