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The Gorge of Despair, Kings Canyon National Park.  A 6,500' climb over the Monarch Divide, followed by a 1,400' cross-country decent, is the approach for the long "hogback" called the Cobra.  The sunny face to ridge is 5.9.  The steep, shady, face has a route with two pitches of 5.11 perfection.<br>
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Ken Trout
Feb 22, 2009
The Gorge of Despair, Kings Canyon National Park. A 6,500' climb over the Monarch Divide, followed by a 1,400' cross-country decent, is the approach for the long "hogback" called the Cobra. The sunny face to ridge is 5.9. The steep, shady, face has a route with two pitches of 5.11 perfection.
 
Kristian Solem
Monrovia, CA
Kristian Solem   Monrovia, CA
This photo was taken in July 1996 by Guy Keesee from the top of the Silver Turret. Guy climbed the 4th class South Ridge to meet Chelsea Griffie and Kris Solem on top following the first ascent of From Afar, IV 5.12a.

The two pitch 5.11 Ken mentions on the South Face of The Cobra is called From Afar and was first climbed by Kris Solem and Guy Keesee in 1992. The climb starts just right of a large alcove about halfway up the hill and passes 3 bolts to gain the crack for two pitches. Feb 3, 2011

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