Avg: 3.8 from 257 votes
|Type:||Trad, Alpine, 1500 ft (455 m), 12 pitches, Grade III|
|FA:||Galen Rowell, Chris Jones, Fred Beckey - October 1970|
|Page Views:||57,756 total · 270/month|
|Shared By:||Chris Owen on Mar 7, 2006 · Updates|
|Admins:||Chris Owen, Lurk Er, Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer Ski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes|
A route on solid rock in a magnificent position.
P1 5.4 Climb up a groove, traverse right to a little wall with large knobs, up this to a large ledge; spike belay on the right.
P2 5.6 On the righthand edge of the ledge is a corner formed by a detached block, climb this, then up a crack, traverse right around an overlap, climb a crack and switch right into another crack to reach a small ledge in an alcove. Nut belay.
P3 5.6 Climb the wall on the left of the alcove, traverse right along an easy ledge and gain a ramp of different rock, head right up this for 30ft, then climb a crack (small wire) step left and climb a slab to a ledge. Nut belay.
P4 5.6 Climb a crack, then easily right to a chimney crack, up this to a ledge on the right. Climb a beautiful left-facing corner (50 Classic Climbs shows Allen Steck on this) to a thinner crack, up this then step right to a small ledge and nut belay below the Slot Pitch.
P5 5.8 Climb The Slot, good holds on the face to the right to a small ledge running across the face. Belay at a crack on the right with nuts. A magnificent pitch.
P6 5.7 Up the crack, with an awkward move right to gain a ledge below a steep wall. Nut belay on the right.
P7 5.7 From the righthand end of the ledge go over 2 small pinnacles and climb up a steep right facing corner to a semi-hanging belay on nuts. A great pitch.
P8 5.7+ A long intricate pitch. Climb the crack that the corner has become until it peters out, ahead looks hopeless, but step left into another crack, nut, head up and left, aiming for a small pocket in the slab above, this pocket takes a 2.5 Friend. Make a delicate step left to a crack, good pro. Step left up a rib to a ledge (wires in diagonal crack on the right), climb a steep step to a crack (TCU), head up this to a ledge, traverse right to a small spike and nut belay.
P9 5.6 The Furrow Pitch. The face above is deeply furrowed with large holds, head up this, aiming for bushes, with good pro to start. Soon the protection becomes sparse, head rightwards to a nook overlooking the recess high on the Dome. Thread belay. An exposed pitch.
P10 5.6 The Dick Long Pitch (see 50 Classic Climbs). Traverse left over bushes to a steep flake crack, up this in a magnificent position to a huge ledge with a dead tree. Thread (and possible bivi!!)
P11 5.6 Climb the orange face behind the belay directly to another ledge. Thread. A brilliant finish.
P12 Easy climbing leads to the summit ridge.
Descend the north ridge to its lowest point and scramble down.