Prusik Peak logistics
Posted by sibylle in Uncategorized, Canada and PNW (Wednesday September 7, 2011 at 4:32 pm)

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Hiking toward Prusik Pass; Prusik Peak in back

My last post describes our climb of Prusik Peak; here I will describe the logistics of getting in to (and back out from) Prusik Peak.

One can access Prusik Peak from either of two trails: the Snow Lake trail, which gains 4,100 feet in 6.5 miles;  or the Stuart Lake trail to Colchuck Lake, which gains 2,100 feet in 4.75 miles.

Realistically, we picked the  trail for which we got a permit - hike in to, and camp, at Colchuck Lake, often described as one of the most beautiful alpine lakes in Washington.


Colchuck Lake and Aasgard Pass

From our campsite at Colchuck Lake, we circled around the lake (1.75 miles) and proceeded up Aasgard Pass,  gaining 2,200 feet in about 8 tenths of a mile …  all before breakfast!

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West ridge and view toward Aasgard Pass

Atop Aasgard Pass we shared one of our two bagels, re-filled our water bottles, and headed to Prusik Pass. After 2.5 miles, we reached Perfection Lake and then headed up Prusik Pass.

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Snowfield on the way to Perfection Lake

I  fell when descending the  snowfield  to Perfection Lake in my lightweight running shoes, and right after that, Andy slipped and proceeded down the next section his derriere.

Any earlier in the day, when it’s still frozen, might require instep crampons to safely negotiate this slope.

Either approach, Colchuck Lake or Snow Lake requires about 10 miles of hiking before climbing Prusik Peak. Some parties prefer a 3-day trip, with one day for the climb, and the other two for the hike in and out. However, we had a permit to camp one night, and four bagels between the two of us, so a two-day trip it was!

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Perfection Lake
West Ridge - The Climb:

The route follows the ridge. See Mountain Project for a description with photos.


Take trail 1599, Lake Stuart / Colchuck Lake trail, for 2.5 miles to a junction. Turn left toward Colchuck Lake up switchbacks for about 1.5 miles. Proceed around the west side of the lake toward Colchuck and Dragontail Peak. The trail then ascends to the left of Dragontail Peak to Aasgard Pass at 7800’ after 2 miles. Descend into the Enchantment Lakes for almost 3 miles to the base of Prusik Peak.


Get permits for overnight use, June 15 - October 15, from the Wenatchee Ranger District.

A recreation pass for day use is available at the trailhead.

Dogs and campfires are prohibited.

Posted by sibylle in Uncategorized (Monday October 4, 2010 at 1:03 pm)

Top Extreme Sports: Climbing Blog

Fun Climbs voted one of the top Extreme Sports Blogs
Posted by sibylle in Uncategorized (Sunday August 29, 2010 at 2:02 pm)

Thanks to my readers for nominating Fun Climbs Around the World as one of the top blogs about extreme sports.

And thanks again for voting  this one of the best blogs for information about rock climbing.

As on 2012, Online schools discontinued their awards program, and no longer  gives awards to blogs.

Elephant’s Perch - sideline
Posted by sibylle in Uncategorized, Idaho (Thursday August 19, 2010 at 6:43 pm)


Elephant’s Perch with Saddleback Lakes in foreground

After we climbed the Mountaineer’s Route, and a rest day, we headed up to Sideline. This route is basically Astro Elephant, with an easier start that avoids the first two difficult pitches.

Though the description for  Astro Elephant  states that the climb is 5.10-, I’d been told by three climbers (who climb harder than me!) that it’s hard 5.11. To back up this claim, when ryan and I went to the store named Elephant’s Perch in Ketchum to get topos and recent informaiton,  one of the people who works there said,

“Oh, Astro Elephant is 5.11c”. Why, when the general consensus names is 11c, it remains in the books as 5.10 is beyond me, but that’s the prerogative of first ascents - call it what, and how hard, you like.

Sideline started with a pleasant, short 5.8 pitch to a comfy ledge, that I led.  Ryan led the next 5.9 pitch, with a face-climbing crux,  to another good ledge. We found amazing  face climbing on incut solution pockets and small, incut edges, unlike any I”ve seen on granite elsewhere.
After that , he ran together pitches 3 and 4, to the big ledge that traverses half the face. Two traversing pitches followed , to get us up to the crux pitch - seven. Ryan, who’d shown himself to be our face expert, started up this one. It’s inobvious, and we had one wrong start before traversing first slightly right, then up a thin layback flake, and then left. This traverse left provided some excitement - it’s hard for 5.9+ (never trust 5.9+; we both thought it had 5.10 moves) and would engender a pendulum  for the second. Luckily we both made it across, to another good ledge.

I led the supposed 5.8 off-width to chimney pitch and struggled at length. After placing every piece of large gear we had with us, I belayed partway up this pitch, letting Ryan lead the  next section of hard, semi-runout, face to yet another good ledge.

We reached the top in good time - about 6 hours, and descended the gully in good light.


Myopia with climbers in the shade on the left-facing corner
Next day, we watched two climbers start up Myopia, a 5.11  up prominent corners. It looks like a great climb, and one I’d like to come back to when I’m strong enough!

Weather for climbing
Posted by sibylle in Uncategorized, utah, Wyoming, Colorado, California, Idaho (Tuesday August 17, 2010 at 2:38 pm)

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“It’s way too hot to climb there now!” I heard this morning.

Weather, temperature, and the presence or absence of rain become frequent preoccupations among traveling (or even stay-at-home) climbers.

Here’s a great site for weather in the United States:


They don’t yet post weather outside the United State.

The weather site helps to avoid spring snow showers.

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That’s my tent, buried under the snow!

Fun Climbs one of top blogs about climbing!
Posted by sibylle in Uncategorized (Thursday August 5, 2010 at 2:52 pm)

Fun Climbs Around The World, was determined to be one of the best blogs to learn about climbing, and has received the 2010 Top 10 Extreme Sports: Climbing Blogs award!

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A-Basin’s Montezuma Bowl opens Wednesday, February 24
Posted by sibylle in Uncategorized, skiing (Wednesday February 24, 2010 at 8:41 pm)

‘Zuma Bowl, with 400 acres, almost doubles the available terrain at A-Basin. Today, 17 trails and 200 acres will add to the skiable terrain at the Basin.

I was teaching at Keystone today, so didn’t ski the bowl myself, but I plan to get out to Montezuma Bowl  soon and will take some photos and report on the conditions.

Nanda Devi’s going to have puppies!
Posted by sibylle in Uncategorized, Entlebucher (Thursday August 6, 2009 at 8:11 pm)


Jonas snowshoeing with Nanda

She’s not content to be second in line, but soon passes to get to the front!

Our normally very active Entlebucher now spends most of her time laying on the floor, panting. she’s geting fatter, and apparently hotter, as she tries to find a cool spot in the shade.

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Nanda cooling off on the flagstone floor

Entlebucher puppies from Nanda Devi
Posted by sibylle in Uncategorized, Entlebucher (Monday July 13, 2009 at 9:10 am)

Joey, the stud


We mated our Entlebucher bitch, Nanda Devi with  Holden von Brunswick (Joey). Below are more photos of Joey.




We expect our litter in late August and our puppies will be ready for new homes in October. Please see Nanda’s website for photos of the bitch.

Arapiles: the Drought ends
Posted by sibylle in Uncategorized (Tuesday April 28, 2009 at 7:40 pm)

With a deluge!

On Thursday night, the rain started. By Friday morning, we had several-inch-deep puddles of water just below the campsite. One of our neighbors, packed up his stuff and left. Friday we had a severe downpour in the morning and clearing in the afternoon. Friday night, it rained. Saturday morning dawned cold. We had planned on hot, dry weather during our Australia climbing trip and weren’t well prepared for days or weeks of rain.

By today (Tuesday, April 28) we’ve had 5 days of rain ( I don’t know how many inches. Or for that matter, how many centimeters. I always ask locals, “What’s the average rainfall?”, to a reply of,

“Well I don’t know. We’ve been in drought for the past 13 years and I don’t know what it was before that.”

However, the amount of rain we’ve had made me wonder about the frame of reference for this drought. To a British settler from the wet UK, which gave the world the flush toilet, several months without rain would seem like a drought. To anyone who’s lived in California, with a dry season from May until October, several months without rain means it’s summer.So I’m beginning to suspect that the drought is a matter of frame of reference.

When I checked on the net, it states: “The annual average precipitation at Horsham is 47.93 Inches.” and another site states that, “The Horsham Rural City Council sits comfortably in-between with an average annual rainfall of 450mm.

I haven’t found the rainfall figures for the past several years, but 45 cm is close to 20 inches, which is considerably more annual rainfall than many parts of California or Colorado, two states where I’ve climbed a lot, so I suspect that it’s a drought from what were relatively wet conditions.

I’ll try to find more numbers on rain, but it sure seems to me like the drought is ending, as we sit with wet shoes, damp clothes, and will head to sleep in  our soggy tent!

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