2020 Is proving to be a tough year for climbing in Idaho. The advent of COVID-19 virus pandemic shut down all kinds of travel and trips for people.
Then on March 31st a 6.5 magnitude earthquake rattled. The Icon The Arrowhead met its demise and The Finger of Fate lost its tip.
On August 7th a 4.2 magnitude earthquake sent the Spire of Baron to its demise. Linda & I were at the cabin when the quake occurred. It was a rumble.
Named Old Smoothie, this Icon is no more. Baron Spire was first solved by Fred Beckey, Jack Schwabland and Pete Schoening in 1949.
So Idaho has lost 3 Iconic Class VI climbs to Mother Nature.
The irony for me? I found out about the collapse right after printing up a 72″ wide version of The View From Veritas for a customer of MESH Art. The Baron Spire is to the Left.
A group of climbers were returning to Lower Baron Lake after surveying the area for a planned climb of The Baron Spire when it fell into Baron Creek. Their video is [here].