Mount Evans, 4,348 m, Colorado, has had a new-route spree this fall. Ice climbers first swung tools into Evan’s ice in the 1980s. This October, three new routes went up: Taylor Brown and Ben Collett established Black and White, WI4/5, M5/6, 107 m, and Doug Shepherd and Scott Bennett put up a 165-metre WI4, M5; and Collett and Will Mayo climbed a steep, pumpy, overhanging crack system that leads to a series of free-hanging ice daggers on the left side of the Black Wall Gully. They called their route Silhouette, WI6+R, M9, 120 m. “Looking down and inward at your last gear in the crack and knowing that you will not fall, you’re safe and have succeeded, is, to me, the essence of traditional mixed climbing and absolutely the reason why I have devoted my life to this esoteric sport,” Mayo said. Will Mayo was part of the Canadian Rockies bolted mixed-rig in the Ghost with Will Gadd in 2012 called Nophobia, M11.

Silhouette WI6+R, M9, 120 m, Black Wall, Mount Evans  Photo Taylor Brown

Silhouette WI6+R, M9, 120 m, Black Wall, Mount Evans Photo Taylor Brown

Sources:http://www.mountainproject.com/v/mt-evans%E2%80%94-mixed-couloirs/105747005, Alpinist


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