|Mendenhall Couloir is the thin line visible in the center of Temple Crag.|
|Saturday night Bivy.|
I finished the downclimb, investigated climbing around the bottle-neck on the rock, but decided that I wasn't satisfied with unprotected 15-20 of climbing off the anchor, and we retreated back to camp. As I hiked down, my mind rattled with "Plan B" thoughts. Back in camp, we schemed. Michael is a strong climber, and game for a big day. I felt that I owed him a climb, since we were so readily skunked on Mendenhall, all on account that I didn't bring the right equipment (more ice screws, proper ice climbing crampons). So we headed up to the Gayley Camp on the side of the Palisade Glacier, planning to climb the U-Notch Couloir in the morning and hiking out the same day.
|U-Notch and North Palisade.|
|Topping out of the couloir.|
|Tat and trash from the route.|