|Type:||Trad, Alpine, 2 pitches, 170'|
|Consensus:||YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]|
|FA:||Richard DuMais and Steve Komito, 1987.|
|Submitted By:||Stich on Aug 21, 2005|
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From: Boulder, CO
Jun 4, 2012
Fun pitch of 5.7 in an alpine setting. If you climb Notchtop via this route, it will go very quickly. Many people would be comfortable scrambling all the way to the 5.7 and only roping up for that one pitch. Careful of loose rock in the meadow though.
To find the rap descent cut straight west to the low point of the Notch directly above the standard Spiral Route. When you go through the notch, walk a few steps out right and look left at the 3rd class scramble to the spire summit. It's very easy to see the 3-pin anchor from there. It's a fast and easy way to get to the bolted rap line.
Next time I go up there, I'm going to take everything and complete the circuit to the Continential Divide trail then hike down the Flattop trail. Would be a fun, cruiser alpine tour.