Yesterday, Mandoline and I climbed Alaska Highway on the North Walls of the Chief on a hot day. I wanted to post about how I sent Alaska Highway and try to measure up with the Squamish ‘locals’, but alas, I am a limestone weenie and got my butt handed to me yesterday on the ‘highway’. Many of my Squamish local climbing partners have had great success on this burley route and I had hoped to join their club, but I have more work to do!
Working Alaska Highway is a blessing because this route will only make me stronger, physically and mentally. It challenges my weaknesses of having to give’er through strenuous cruxes. I do not get to place gear every time the weight gets shifted to my arms. Mentally this route is very intimidating and I have to work very hard to climb with confidence.
Look out, I will become a ‘SHE-man’ if I do not send this route quickly!