A dry extension to the passage leads to a spike belay and the original 40-metre pitch.
A belay would have been welcome here on the climb out.
I quickly hauled myself up and hiked to a bolted belay on the higher slab.
He secured the cylinder containing the mechanism to belay more of the spider silk rope to his belt.
The second climber below is attached to the lead climber, and it's his or her job to belay the lead climber in case of a fall.
Ken gives me a belay from the ground; I loop the cord over a limb and step out onto the log.
When she attains the next anchor, she establishes a belay exactly as she did on the previous pitch.
I then hiked up to some trees, found a nice spot in the shade and set up a belay for Frank.
Tom climbed the last pitch, set up his belay and greeted each of us with a triumphal smile as we rounded the summit.
Of course, since I do the grocery shopping, I had only myself to blame for all these extra boxes… belay that, I have my child to blame.