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Buckingham Route (easy version) T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Bugaboo Corner T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a C1
Flamingo Fling T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Furry Pink Arete T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Kraus-McCarthy T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Minotaur Direct T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Snowpatch Route (aka SE Corner/Wiessner's Route) T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Southwest Ridge - Direct Finish T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Sunshine Crack T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c
Sunshine Wall T 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c R
Super Direct T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Surfs Up T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Warrior Way T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a A2
Wildflowers T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Wile Flowers T 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a R
Type: Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches, Grade IV
FA: Peter Croft, Greg Foweraker
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Shared By: Darren in Vegas on Jul 31, 2007
Admins: Kate Lynn

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This route is a bit scruffy at the beginning, but cleans up nicely as you go up. By the time you are climbing the classic crux pitch (pitch 7) you will have forgotten all of the lichen at the bottom.


This route is just south of the West Face rappel route, the Kraus-McCarthy. This makes this route a quick excursion. Once you top out the rappel stations are right there.


Standard Alpine Rack


eric schweitzer
Bend, Oregon
eric schweitzer   Bend, Oregon
starting the route in the right spot seems crucial...The guide says that one option is to start left of the arete proper. We started in a 15 ft. right facing corner (just left of arete) to a ledge, with the rest of the first pitch following DOUBLE CRACKS. This start got us started on the right foot, although there are quite a few more routefinding decisions to be made before the classic corner up high. Aug 30, 2012
Darren in Vegas
Las Vegas, NV
Darren in Vegas   Las Vegas, NV
Tom T
feel free to contact the admins if you have a better description, they will gladly reassign the route to you. All I remember is scruffy climbing to a great corner.
I posted this route at a time when there was relatively little in the database for this area, so i was really just trying to get some pics up. Feb 22, 2010
Tom T  
Great description. Aug 9, 2009
Joe Leonhard
Denver, CO
Joe Leonhard   Denver, CO
A good route. There was quite a bit of vegitation on the lower pitches, but the upper pitches get cleaner. The crux was really enjoyable. Sep 13, 2007