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Leap Trip

Another glorious trip to the blessed Leap!    

Kathy kicked off the weekend on Friday with hors d'oeuvres--a day of sport climbing at Gun Tower Wall, where she led most of the routes with her usual aplomb.  This is a new area just off 50 at the base of the descent into Meyers.  The climbs are all bolted and no trad gear is required.  This area would be great in the off season when it's cooler, since it's south-facing and low-lying out of the wind.  It would also be possible to dirt-bag bivvy there if legit campgrounds were closed for the season.
Saturday we had a good group: Mark P, Matt, Kyle, Jad, Jasmine, Marty, Kathy, Pierson, me and Tracey and family at a nearby site.  It was overcast, very windy and cold, and most people had the good sense to go low and slow in the Hog Wild area.  Results were very mixed, with some of the routes giving as good as they got, and some mighty hopes were dashed.  Kathy and Tracey hoped to do Corrugation but ended up ticking Lovers Chimney.  Pierson and I made the mistake of heading for Old Hogsback, where we braved sub-arctic winds all day.  Still, Pierson got in some leading practice on Manic Depression and Knapsack Crack, and greatly enjoyed returning to camp along the top of the Hogsback ridge, which makes for a striking hike.  

Saturday we enjoyed a well-deserved campfire using the abundant slash from the Forest Service's annual removal of hazard trees.  So many of the short-lived white firs have died at the Leap that the place is looking a bit barren, but the ponderosa pines are coming along and hopefully will make up the difference soon.
Sunday was back to normal spring weather, and most folks headed off with ambitious plans for the popular walls.  I headed out for my annual hike up Horse Tail Falls and didn't find out how the climbers did.