Honey Badger, Hopkins Valley

On Saturday Paul Hersey and I completed Honey Badger (WI4), a stunning 4 pitch ice route in a new area somewhere up the Hopkins.  Paul had started the route a few weeks earlier with Graham Zimmerman and Shelley Hersey but they didn’t make it past the 2nd pitch after an unlucky encounter with falling ice.  Fortunately they lived to tell the tale.  Their theme from that day was the fearless honey badger.

Up and coming photographer Troy Mattingley also came along to capture the action.  See his great shot of the climb here http://www.flickr.com/photos/tearoy/6068638158/

Not wanting to miss out on the action Kester Brown and Steve Fortune turned up on Saturday night.  Despite the warming conditions they snatched the 2nd ascent of Honey Badger on Sunday.

Steve on the 1st pitch of Honey Badger

Kester on the third and crux pitch

Steve on the final pitch

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