mt. sir donald

Top of mt. Sir Donald

From our most recent climbing trip (2 days ago). We climbed the North-West ridge of Sir Donald, which is one of the 50 classic climbs of North America. The route is 5.4, but felt much harder as the need to move quickly was so important. We simul-climbed most of the extremely exposed ridgeline and the ascent took us about 6 hours. The descent was very complicated and time-consuming (it took us 7 hours) and consisted of 18 rappels (some of them extremely sketchy) and a lot of downclimbing. We were beyond elated that the weather was stable and everything fell into place for us to make it to the summit and back.

Glacier National Park, BC, Canada July 2014