Type: Trad, Mixed, Snow, Alpine, 3000 ft, 4 pitches, Grade III
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Shared By: J. Fox on Feb 2, 2009 with improvements by Ju Short
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Description

The direct E. Ridge of Mt. Bancroft is accessed from just above Loch Lomond. The route is a sustained class 4 ridge scramble with a 60' rappel required in the middle, and several places of low 5th class climbing, especially out of the notch you rap into.

There is a harder variation to this route which goes straight up the headwall of the NE buttress. In winter, the climbing on this variation is rather difficult, though low 5th class, due to the snow/ice on all the ledges and the lack of suitable protection. Choose your line of ascent wisely.

Winter conditions gives this route full value. It is mostly a sustained ridge climb up over gendarmes, across knife-edge snow aretes, scrambling over loose rock and a rappel. Do not underestimate the size of this climb! By adding the headwall pitches, it took us 7 hours to climb the route. We had high 40+ mph winds and negative digit wind chill, dropped/lost gloves and not much beta.

While the climbing on the headwall at the beginning wasn't very aestethic, it was challenging and I learned a lot.

Location

This is the East ridge of Mt. Bancroft above Loch Lomond.

Protection

I used cams C4 #0.4 - #2, and nuts BD #7 - #12 but most of this gear was too big. I had one piton and used it. Small cams/nuts best, knifeblades would be helpful too.

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