South Ridge Berk/Taylor
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Travis Taylor's self portrait
The route is cowboy style! Make it as hard or as easy as you want to. When you get in to URCD a mile and half look left at the south face and start climbing. The route will take you over numerous shelfs from 25 feet to about 70 feet in height. In higher snow conditions ice will form on certain pitches so take tools and crampons.
Descent: easiest route down is to hike north and drop into the next drainage follow it west to the flats.
There are two prominant rock ridges up the south face with a wild fractured dihederal drainage in the middle. The Berk/Taylor goes up the climbers left ridge to the top. You will know you are close to the start when a rock ridge meets the creek as you are hiking up.
alpine rack = set of nuts, 1 each .33 to #2 camalot, doubles of .4 and .5 camalot,
10 alpine draws and some long 6 ft runners.
Ice tools and crampons
One of the upper pitches.
BETA PHOTO: Google earth doesn't show the terrain features. Bu...
You can see the ice starting to form, I am guessin...
Pitch 1 to gain the ridge
Getting close to the top. Work never fails to find...
an easy pitch with great rock.
Looking down from the top.