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Atop the Prow | by Mark Griffith
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Atop the Prow

We got down off the mountain to Camp Schurman by Noon and we slept till around 1pm. Then came the task of packing up. We had two choices to put our harness back on, rope up and head across the Emmons Glacier or to climb up and over Steamboat Prow. We opted for the later. The climb up out over the prow was the most freaked I was on the entire climb. The Steamboat Prow is a choss heap, an amalgam of dirt, gravel and crumbling lava-esque rock. The holds were all solid and it wouldn't normally have concerned me in the slightest but I had a 50 lb pack on, and my helmet and a baseball hat. I had a hard time as I scrambled up being able to tilt my neck back far enough to see the route ahead with the pack and the helmet.

 

Video of the climb

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Taken on July 18, 2009