I'd planned to take a bouldering trip this weekend, but I guess two good weekends in a row was too much to ask for this time of year. Cold and snow returned, but the sun was out today so we decided to try climbing in Killer Cave. No one else had hiked up to the cliff yet, and sometimes it was difficult to remember exactly where the switchbacks were.
I warmed up by onsighting "Elmo's Fish." It's such a popular route that I've never been able to get on it until today. It's a good route. For our next route we wanted to get out of the snow. Only the central part of Killer Cave was snow free, but the sun wasn't hitting "Bush Doctor" yet. So we jumped on the first corner pitch of "Zero Degrees" which was just coming into the sun. The rock was still too cold though, and we ended up suffering our way up it with very cold fingers.
On the bright side, it set up a perfect rope swing for the girls.
Devlin and Ana made it up to the crag today too, but that was it. I'm guessing that a lot of climbers are tired of fighting the snow by now, and know that if they just wait a little bit, it will all be gone soon. The cliff was busy on some colder days mid-winter.
Devlin warming up.
Guide Update: The books should be here in less than two weeks!