STALKER

Time spent exploring the Indian Peaks paid off last week when JD Merritt and I were able to complete a long new ice climb on Peak 12,878’, which we called Stalker (1,100’, WI4 M5). It's not a very sustained climb overall but with some absolutely classic pitches and nearly a thousand feet of continuous ice it's a really special climb for Colorado's dry high peaks. I wrote a full account of the climb for the AAJ here

JD leading one of the money pitches. 

JD leading one of the money pitches. 

On the summit of Peak 12,878’

On the summit of Peak 12,878’

Phil Wortmann had hiked in with me to do the line on October 2. But due to an intense storm on the Divide we never geared up. 

Phil Wortmann had hiked in with me to do the line on October 2. But due to an intense storm on the Divide we never geared up.