Echo in the Snow (!) & Aires Butte (Again)

Where: Zion National Park, UT
When: May 2009
Partners: Ram

Ram in Middle Echo before hell broke loose

Ram somehow talked me into an ascent of Middle Echo Canyon in conditions we knew to be icy. Icy enough, we'd heard, that a group had been rescued from there the day before while attempting to descend the slot.

Initially lacking ice but with a pleasant, light flow, we soon encountered a large(ish) snow block, then an iceberg or two, then...jeebus!

[ pics, unfortunately...]

Afterward, he and I headed over to Aires Butte for a run up that fun, little mountain via its 4-pitch, 5.5 southeast face route called 'Led by Sheep'.