waiting for winter at skunk spire

turkey day is upon us, but the sights and sounds of winter have been slow to arrive. fortunately i found climbing as a new passion to fill up the snowless days. for many years i’ve known that the east shore can be plenty warm for all kinds of fun on pleasant winter days and many times on my trips to skunk harbor i’ve looked up at the spires just to the harbor’s north and wondered. well with the kids out of school all week on thanksgiving break (yeah, it’s a thing now, wtf?) i figured we might as well bushwhack our way over and check it out
picture of the objective taken two days prior
skunk spire

we left the car at noon. the hike until you leave the trail is easy and only about 20 minutes. then the fun starts.
bushwhacking

fortunately we had a rescue plane circling if we needed it
circling seaplane

after about 20 minutes of manzanita we got our first glimpse of the objective and things eased up
skunk spire

first, i tried leading it but things were so loose i chickened out. for instance, the block my left foot is on here is ready to fall off.
climbing skunk spire

so i scrambled up top and set up a top rope. a 60m rope was exactly long enough. views weren’t bad
skunk harbor from above

there was also a perch 2/3 of the way up where i could shoot from. jasmyn went first.
climbing over lake tahoe

the climbing was easy here. the hard part was just before they came into my view.
climbing over lake tahoe

a view that never gets old
climbing over lake tahoe

jazzy about to top out
climbing over lake tahoe

next up was skylyn, just coming into view
climbing skunk spire

cell phone pic
climbing skunk spire

skylyn reaching the top
climbing skunk spire

i was next so i rapped down quickly as the sun was setting.
at the crux
climbing skunk spire at sunset

then i moved left onto the face of loose flakes
climbing skunk spire at sunset

selfie before topping out with the sun setting behind
climbing skunk spire at sunset

it was a great way to spoend a part of the new thanksgivingukah break. but i’m ready for snow now.

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