One of Ann’s goals for this season was to lead Ed’s Crack, the classic Vedauwoo 5.7. To set ourselves up for an early start we camp near the Nautilus. The weather in the morning is almost unbelievably nice, and despite another party heading for Walt’s Wall, we have Ed’s to ourselves.
Ann starts strong on the tricky bottom section, steps over the gap and up the slab without hesitation. Mark and Kate show up and take a few pictures to help document the event. The offwidth overhang at the top of the second pitch is the crux, and this part at least makes Ann put up a fight. She fusses with protection, extending and unextending slings, then Z-clipping, all the while moving up and down the crux section. In the end she climbs it in true offwidth style, inch by inch, powered only by grunting and commitment. For my part, following the route is a relaxed and blissful way to finish our week off.