Been itching to figure out the backwards Z and run the knife ridge on 2. With a two hour earlier start than Mike and I did on Wednesday the temps were a scary six degrees warmer. After a couple ideas we set out for the ol' standard and decided to run the ridge out on 2 north to south.
The peregrine falcons Mike and I dealt with on Wed were back in action. Luckily not so much to the extreme so moments of silence were enjoyed.
From 2 we followed it south coming across a knife edge that was a first for both of us. Which was more fun than scary. Further on we realized we'd checked out the upper Z with juliachaos & Dave1. Last time Dave down climbed a segment and we went on his word to forget it. I needed to see it for myself. It ramps up and around to the top of the bZ. What starts out as a good 3-4 foot ledge quickly dwindles down to a crack. I followed it up just a few yards taking some video. Soon I was shaking uncontrollably yet having a great time too.
There is no way to top out on the backwards Z from this side unless you are into sideways crack climbing with ridiculous exposure. Perhaps one last check on the other side is in order before swearing it off. Moving on we dropped down onto the upper Z where we were greeted by a small snake. Glad we didn't run it in the opposite direction as that would be some surprise at the end! Heading down the angled upper Z we reminisced ( our hike with Steve Forbes' son ) how little we enjoy going DOWN it. To add fuel to the fire our exit was ridiculous.
Back on solid ground we opted for juggy routes on 3 before gnatfest on 4. It was good to meet face to face with the sheer heart pounding power of fear again.