|Tom Thomas starting up Open Mouth M5|
|Tom Thomas on Open Mouth M5|
After finishing our "warm up" we did a drive by at Cucumber Falls to see how the falls looked. Tom's never climbed it and was disappointed he didn't climb it when it was in previous. It was roaring open down the center, but the right edge was solid enough. Tom jumped on and made a quick solo up for the novelty of it. Here's a shot of him climbing in this beautiful setting!
|Tom Thomas ropeless on Cucumber|
I continued up to a clipping stance for bolt #2. Got it! I strenuously traverse the free hanger and ice blobs, passing bolt #3 in the roof.
Despite out best efforts this line worked us over the first day. We had a great time enjoying the stellar SWPA ice conditions. We'll see if it get many more attempts this season (weather dependent)....