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Elevation: 10,983 ft 3,348 m
GPS: 40.52551, -111.7558
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Shared By: Vince Romney on May 20, 2004
Admins: Andrew Gram, Perin Blanchard, GRK, D Crane

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This section of the Cirque is beautifully laid out with about 20 routes ascending the many cracks and dihedrals that split this long formation until its' south end where it wraps west into Question Mark Wall. Beginning in the _V_ notch that separates the North Summit and South Summit, a wide variety of difficulty ratings and climbing techniques are available from the 5.4 _Pete's Staircase_, to the 5.10c _Roof Stopper_, as well as a few aid lines up to A2. The most prominent feature along this escarpment is Tom's Thumb, a large pinnacle jutting out from the northern section, which can be easily seen from the valley floor. The granite is good quality and placements are secure. Watch for rock fall along the lower angle routes, as the leader, or even the rope can easily dislodge material onto those below. As with the North Summit wall, hikers are also quite prevalent and I personally experienced an apple core _near miss_ which then actually touched my climbing partner as it hurtled down the face. Wear a helmet.

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Access the South Summit wall routes directly from the meadow via the talus field.

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Classic Climbing Routes at South Summit Wall

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 203
Center Thumb
Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 4
Expanding Man
Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 16
Gold Wall
Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 14
The Great Escape
Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 14
Inner Vision
Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
 12
P-38
Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c
 11
Da Black and Gold
Trad, Alpine
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13
 14
Free Mexican Air Force
Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
 27
Taivallista
Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Center Thumb
 203
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Alpine 5 pitches
Expanding Man
 4
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
Gold Wall
 16
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
The Great Escape
 14
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
Inner Vision
 14
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
P-38
 12
5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b Trad, Alpine 3 pitches
Da Black and Gold
 11
5.11- 6c 22 VIII- 22 E3 5c Trad, Alpine
Free Mexican Air Force
 14
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13 Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
Taivallista
 27
5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a Trad, Alpine 4 pitches
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