|Type:||Trad, 2800', Grade III|
|Consensus:||YDS: Easy 5th French: 1+ Ewbanks: 3 UIAA: I ZA: 5 British: M 1c [details]|
|Season:||Spring and Fall|
|Submitted By:||Ian F. on Apr 27, 2010|
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By roman d
From: Pasadena, CA
Apr 27, 2010
|fun mountaineering adventure! takes longer than you'd think, especially between peaks 2+3. can get a little hairy if you try to stay on the true ridgeline, but easy enough to drop low and pick your way through the cliff bands (I think we did a 50ft rappel to avoid going too far out of the way).|
By Ian F.
Apr 28, 2010
Pernell, Yeah, I guess it depends on your comfort level, and the route you take. If you are fast Grade II. For most though, it is a full day.
Roman - I agree that the majority of the route is Class 4 and lower, but because of the ability to take a multitude of routes, easy class 5, is easy to come by, and people should be aware. And like you said the crux is getting from 2-3, or 3-2.
We made the mistake to drop off the East Side of 3, and found some nerve racking down climbing. Apparently the easier way is off the west side.
BTW- great shot on the east side of 3.
By sean peters
Apr 29, 2010
We did it in one long day and did not find anything that required any use of a rope. I believe the entire traverse took six or seven hours (started at south end, near the mine) and ended on Brown's Peak. A fairly easy escape route can be found between the middle of the four peaks if one wants to do just half of the traverse.
A longer but more difficult trek is to do the circumference of the range...the eastern side is troublesome but yields some nice bear dens!!!