Upper Refuse with Mackenzie

A good friend called me a couple weeks ago to see if I could take a close friend of his family climbing who was visiting from down South. I agreed to introduce Mackenzie to some of the fine multi-pitch trad we have in the valley and had a long list of routes I figured we could cruise in good time. Mother Nature decided to crank up the heat though, and with the mercury pushing triple digits it took all we had to get in one climb. I have never felt the black rock on Cathedral as hot as it was today. Some holds were so hot to the touch you could not keep your hands on them for but a few seconds. Scorcher, for sure. We were off the cliff by 11am and I was off to the river for the rest of the day with the pooch.

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