Parker tackles the final step before the summit.
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Chris Owen
Jun 4, 2012
Parker tackles the final step before the summit.
Chris Owen
Big Bear Lake
Chris Owen   Big Bear Lake  
Thanks, good to know Bryan. The likelihood of a fall increases with the difficulty of the rating. Over the last 45 years, Class 3 has not phased me much as I know that I probably won't fall, however there is one Class 3 climb which bothered me, and that was this one on Middle Pal. Perhaps I was having an off day, perhaps it was the thought of having to reverse all of those moves, perhaps it was the exposure, I don't know. This photo shows the most difficult move on the whole route, although there was a very exposed traverse at the beginning. Both of these were tricky for me, and I'm a 5.11 climber. Mar 13, 2015
Jeremy in Inyokern   Inyokern
Just did this as my first 14er. After talking with all my pals it would seem this is the test piece for the 3rd class grade in the High Sierra, as it is steep and sustained at the grade. So all the comments seem appropriate but still the consensus rating should still be 3rd. In fact it should be easier/safer as compared to when it was climbed first since it is one of the cleanest alpine routes in the world. Aug 10, 2015
Forever Outside
Los Angeles, CA
Forever Outside   Los Angeles, CA
IMHO it is a 3rd class climb, but if you fall, you're likely going to die. It's easy climbing on 2000' exposed mountain. Aug 20, 2017

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