Approach to notch.  Since someone posted that they did a rap to get to the notch, I figured I would post the route we took.  All of it seemed to be 3rd-4th class aside from about 6 feet of down climbing that was maybe 5.3-5.4.  There is an old piton just before the down climb and it seemed to match the description I saw elsewhere....
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Julius Beres
Aug 24, 2010
Approach to notch. Since someone posted that they did a rap to get to the notch, I figured I would post the route we took. All of it seemed to be 3rd-4th class aside from about 6 feet of down climbing that was maybe 5.3-5.4. There is an old piton just before the down climb and it seemed to match the description I saw elsewhere....
Julius Beres
Boulder, CO
Julius Beres   Boulder, CO
The 6 ft of down climbing was probably harder than anything on the Spiral Route. Also, there was loose rock, so holds might break. Although the rest of the approach is 4th class or easier, I would say it is a good idea to rope up for this if you are going to rope up for any part of the climb.... Aug 24, 2010
Reversing the descent after climbing the southeast face, we found it very reasonable to continue up the ridge and then downclimb a gully directly above the start of the route line shown here. This gully begins right around the point where the blue line intersects the cliff, and it diagonals slightly right to reach the ridge. From there, you'd climb down the ridge, sometimes on the east face, to reach the notch. The way we went, this was all 4th class. Aug 29, 2011
Dave Clark 5.10
Golden, CO
Dave Clark 5.10   Golden, CO
The downclimb is about 15 ft and pretty vertical in places. Mostly good hands but fractured rock requires caution. Aug 13, 2017

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