The Frigate Rock Climbing
Climbing a chimney on the north side of the Frigat...
The Frigate is an impressive-looking formation found just above the Porkchop Buttress and Dungeon Wall. The overhanging west wall contains the challenging route "Pooper", and on the overhanging southeast wall you will find "Flying Dutchman", another difficult route. Most other climbs here are easy to moderate.
Head up the West Bluff Trail from the parking lot across from the boat landing on the southwest end of the lake. Hike up the West Bluff trail to a relatively obvious climbers trail about 3/4 of the way up that heads east through the woods. Take this trail to the top of Misery Rocks. Descend the gully on the south side of Misery Rocks, then move northeast straight across Misery Gully. You will see the obvious overhanging west wall of The Frigate below Dutchman's Rampart, a series of broken 40 foot walls.
Climbing Season For the West Bluff - Misery/Cottage Rocks area.
Weather station 3.6 miles from here
12 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',3],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in The Frigate
Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in The Frigate
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Frigate:
Can Can 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a Trad
Featured Route For The Frigate
Flying Dutchman 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
: Devil's Lake
: ... : The Frigate
Delicate and burly at the same time. The crux is exactly where you think it will be, the face above has good, sharp horizontals, and then there is a final throw to the top.I've seen two different strategies used successfully: ease up the flare, and power layback....[more] Browse More Classics in WI
BETA PHOTO: The Frigate from Misery Gully
BETA PHOTO: This face is "Bowspirit" 5.8. From Sven:...
BETA PHOTO: The right corner is the start of "The Jib&quo...
By Doug Hemken
Jul 5, 2007
You can also approach the Frigate by hiking up to Porkchop from the trail along the West edge of the Lake. Hike to the top of Porkchop buttress around the right (North) side. From the top of Porkchop, traverse left (South) across a narrow ledge, under an overhang. You have just passed under Flying Dutchman and The Jib.
A third approach would be to hike to the top of the bluff at Cleo's Amphitheater, hike down to the base of Cleo's Needle to the right (South). Keep heading down and right until you get to the top of Porkchop/bottom of Dutchman.