2-Gerstenegg Rock Climbing
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|Admins:||Aron Quiter, Euan Cameron, AWinters, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes|
Mostly faces NNW.
Top-Roping? Access to the top of the cliff (without climbing a route) is difficult and time-consuming. Using an anchor at the top of the cliff to belay from the bottom requires an 80-meter rope. Access to the middle ledge which is the top of the lower steeper part is not as time-consuming, but requires tricky navigation and climbing.
Middle ledge: Shortest access to the middle ledge is to hike WSW (Right) about 160 feet roughly horizontal along the base of the cliff (past Eldorado sector) to some broken rock (cairn as of 2016). Make a class 4 move to start scrambling up diagonal Left (SE). Keep looking way Left (East) ... stop going upward when a bit below the level of a bare tree a long ways east which is about 8-10 inches wide and 10-12 feet high. Then traverse to a big tree, next over some stacked flakes, then down a narrow cleft to a smaller pine tree. Step east just above its trunk into a wider gully with some loose rocks. Down this about thirty feet, then up east a little to reach the mid-level ledge. The obvious evergreen tree is at the top of Pitch 1 of the Left Slab and the Left Center Crack routes.
Top of cliff: Shortest access to the top is to hike WSW (Right) about 160 feet roughly horizontal along the base of the cliff (past Eldorado sector) to some broken rock (cairn as of 2016). Make a class 4 move to start scrambling up diagonal Left (SE) about 100 feet, then traverse East (with some up+down scrambling) about 100 feet, then scramble down to the top of the cliff, 10-15 ft west of a bare standing tree about 8-10 inches wide and 10-12 feet tall. Look down and see a large tree on a ledge at mid-height -- that tree is at the top of Pitch 1 of the Left Slab and the Left Center Crack routes.
warning: The rock in this sector has not been climbed much yet, and much of the rock is still breakable and loose -- so the belayer and other people should stand far away from underneath the climber.
name: Just as we recognize the June Lake Loop as a little visit to Switzerland, so we see the rock of Rush as a taste of Swiss granite.
"Gerstenegg" is a climbing area in the famous Grimsel valley granite region in the center of Switzerland. Known for slab routes.
Classic Climbing Routes at 2-Gerstenegg
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