my friend Mason & I went over to Frankenstein to climb this moring (Sunday) at about 8am. there were 4 other cars already in the lot. it looked as if most folks wer up at Arethusa.
we opted Pegasus 'cause it looked the most interesting. it was in fair shape, but the pillars were cracked across about 2/3 of the way up. I led it & felt it was in pretty much grade 4 shape. the direct finish was not doable as there was no ice, only rock. I had to finish up the mixed rock corner on the left under the belay tree. tricky as the ground isn't frozen so I was rooting around in the loose dirt for a stick. while Mason was coming up the pillar, the lower main curtain of Chia let go!whew, what a sound. I was glad that no one was in the area. the ice is really getting beat up!
when we left at 11:30 there were about 20 cars & still not all that many people on the normal climbs. I guess it was a "banner" day at Arethusa!
we're scheduled for a lot more warm weather the rest of the week. if this continues we'll have an early rock season for sure. who will be the first on the South Buttress or Humphrey's? <grin>