|Ab'ing into Wen Zawn|
|First pitch of Wen|
|Top of the second pitch|
I had watched some climbers lead the final pitch of A Dream of White Horses from the upper belay of Wen and had noted how they had managed to lace it with gear. We both appeared to be climbing well and were enjoying the quartzite rock in particular so there were no major concerns on my mind other than protecting the final pitch adequately. But then it was only 4c so I was pretty confident that we would manage the route without drama. I popped the question to Anna and she obliged. A Dream of White Horse was ON!
We again started from the ledge. Anna climbed to the belay from where the rising left traverse began. The short second pitch felt thin with little protection. Maybe the most serious pitch of the route? Anna then led the third pitch with some good cam placements to protect. She looked in the zone but comfortable.
|The second pitch|
|Third pitch of A Dream of White Horses|
The pitch was slightly concave and interspersed with prominent sections of rock that meant it was vital for a lot of gear to be extended in order to keep the ropes running freely. There was plenty of opportunity to lace the route as I had hoped with the main limiting factor being the number of slings that I was carrying (around six total). The climbing felt steadier the further I progressed with plenty of time to compose myself between moves. Anna made fine work of the climb on second. She looked in the zone all the way and to see her beaming smile at the top of the route was one of the highlights of the day. Not a bad venue to get your first HVS leads done.
|Near the start of the final pitch of A Dream of White Horses|