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Ascent of Monitor Rock on 2013-09-09

Climber: Paul Barish

Date:Monday, September 9, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Monitor Rock
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:10466 ft / 3190 m

Ascent Trip Report

After climbing Monitor yesterday I decided that I wanted to climb The Nose by an easier variation free solo. I believe the crux was the first pitch which I would call 5.6. My friend Shannon hiked up the gully on the side of Monitor with my dog Blanca. The entire route only took about 30 minutes and I was on the summit at about 1pm. It was exhilarating and felt incredible to climb it free solo. I met my friend and dog on the summit and ate some lunch than hiked down the gully back to the car. More than half way down I was walking holding Blanca on her leash while stepping on very loose rock. As I stepped on this rock Blanca jumped and pulled me off my feet. To catch my fall I put my arm out behind me and cut it somewhat deep on a sharp rock. After free soloing a multi pitch rock route I cant believe I got hurt on the walk off! But over all it was a great climb and I felt really accomplished.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb
Ascent Statistics
    Route:The Nose
Descent Statistics



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