Tanner Callender and myself made a couple trips into my 2nd favorite playground over two weekends. The first weekend we had high hopes of finding some Alpine ice but after getting to the NW face of Spirit all we got was a great view of the Bearstooth which was very worthwhile. The next day we got a super early start at 12pm and headed for the steep faces of Spirits North side. We ended up finding a great line we named Winchester Goose Tower!
As we headed down we got a super good visual of our tower and began making plans to come back the weekend to complete the route in a day. We knew we had gotten the hardest climbing done and with a 4am start from the trailhead it was going to be all about moving fast and light to reach the top quickly.
The route is super good quality and provides climbing at a moderate grade around 5.9. Its in a very impressive place with inspiring views! I would go back to climb it in a heartbeat and I dont consider myself a rock climber ha
As Tanner and I head off the top of Spirit and down one of glaciers on the south side we ran into this guy who came up the glacier with NO Helmet or Crampons and decided to follow us down. Within a few steps he slipped and self arrested and I quickly decided I did not want to have to be responsible for this guys death so we roped him in and lowered him down the glacier to where he could safely walk off. Im amazed how dumb people can be and they put prepared people in a bad situation to where all the sudden we were liable for him. I had long talk with the guy but who knows if he will have learned.