With the leaves changing color at this time of year, the Park was packed. We started out around 9:30 and beat the crowds, climbing with partner Evan. The views from the top were awesome, with sunny skies, no wind and temps in the 50s-60s. As it warmed up, ladybugs swarmed the South Face!
I lead all pitches for my mother as a birthday present since this was the one climb that she had always wanted to do. I generally only climb this route when taking someone for the first time. I like to climb it with as little protection as possible. Other than slinging trees and using the belays, the only additional protection that I used was a single cam on pitch three where the crack becomes thinner.