First Trip to Starbuck Avec Comparison Pix

Paul on the early thin ice of Dark Roast

Paul on the early thin ice of Dark Roast

In the flurry to post several late entries, I missed a couple, one of which was mentioned in another article in the batch put out yesterday – but not published itself. Hence this late addition. In order to lend some true usefulness to this tardy edition, photos taken on our last trip are included for comparison. Likely, conditions are even better now.

Starting the steep face of Dark Roast

Note the difference between this and the day with Paul and Mike.

Our first foray to Starbuck took place on the 2nd of January. Mike P. and Paul C. accompanied me for a day of scooting up skinny, barely pokable ice. Tom came in to watch the fun, but elected not to join in directly. It was cold, and coming quickly off the warm spell that heralded in the new year, we hadn’t adjusted to frigid temperatures yet, so the day was a short one for all of us.

Mike starting out on the smear of Taster's Choice

Mike starting out on the smear of Taster’s Choice

Tasting the delights of Taster's Choice. The rock route Aquarius lies to his left; this has not yet been led as an ice route.

And what it looks like a week and a half later.

But we did manage to climb some “real” ice, taking runs on a very anemic Taster’s Choice and somewhat fuller, yet still skinny Dark Roast. We then walked the eight minute trip to Starbuck Central to look at its development (none too good at that time, though again, it’s probably fine now). It took only that much to call it a day: the ice was thin, we were cold, and we were not yet in durable ice-climbing condition.

Paul's run up Taster's Choice

Paul’s run up Taster’s Choice

But this does mark the first ice climbing of the season, and was well worth the three hours car-to-car it cost us.

Mike sketches up the final thin moves of Dark Roast

Mike sketches up the final thin moves of Dark Roast

The same line, a week and a half later

The same line, a week and a half later

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