Assuming two things – 1) that enough of the snow would have melted higher up to allow us to access the climbs, and 2) that a weekend day would provide a better chance of using the unique taxi-boat access for the climbs at Echo Lake despite it being (very) late season – we agreed to visit Gangsta Wall at Echo Lake on Saturday. Unluckily the second assumption was wrong and the taxi-boats were not running, so the promised 5 minute approach (and boating adventure) turned in to a lovely 50 minute snowy walk… Happily the first assumption was correct and the venue was very sunny, warm, and snow free. Well the routes were snow free!
Sunday saw us at the famous Lovers’ Leap again for another day of amazing climbing on the East Wall.
The start of the day was incredibly cold though (approx. 6°C) until the sun came round on to the wall at about 1.30pm. Bliss! 😛
We’d chosen The Line and Paul and Boris chose Scimitar, two classic 5.9 routes on the East Wall. It was great to climb some rock with actual holds after the previous three days of desperate slab climbing. I don’t think my toes (or nerves) could have coped with yet another day of smearing on non-existent features.