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Routes in Ptarmigan Towers

NE Corner T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Tundra Turkey Crack T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Type: Trad, Alpine, 300 ft, 3 pitches, Grade II
FA: Larry Hamilton and Tom Gries, August 1975
Page Views: 1,079 total, 6/month
Shared By: L. Hamilton on May 21, 2003
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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This minor three-pitch climb makes a steep and enjoyable rest-day excursion, for parties camping at Lake Nanita.

To the right of the low point of the 2-4 gully is a deep, grubby-looking chimney/gully. On the vertical wall to the right of this feature is a prominent 300-foot jam crack, which diagonals slightly leftwards until it intersects the broken rock of the Sunshine Ledges route about a third of the way up the left side of Tower 2. The base of this crack is gained by climbing up and right from near the bottom of the aforementioned grubby groove. Two more leads directly up the crack complete the climb. A descent involving downclimbing and two short rappels in the 2-4 gully takes you back to the base; or for a summit experience, it's possible to continue up the Sunshine Ledges.


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