Avg: 1.5 from 2 votes
|Type:||Trad, 3 pitches|
|FA:||Yale Mountaineering Club|
|Page Views:||522 total · 4/month|
|Shared By:||Aaron Hobson on Oct 25, 2009|
|Admins:||Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski|
Starting from the gap between the Retaining Wall and Minerva's Temple the route takes an obvious weakness directly on the west end of the ridge. After climbing up 30 ft, the corner can be turned over onto the south wall where a small bush impedes prgress along a sloping foot-ledge. Several nice crack systems lead straight up to the ridge-top from this foot-ledge and provide more difficult variations (5.9-5.10 range). Skip over these crack systems and traverse right until a difficult move is required to traverse into an easy corner system (crux move, exposed). Easy climbing straight up on the face gains the summit ridge.
From the summit ridge, scramble for ~200 ft to the east to a small col with Aspen trees. From here a short 40 ft pitch gains over some technical blocks gains the summit.
Descend by reversing the route. A single short rappel gets off the summit. From a point on the far west end of the ridge, a single rappel can just barely reach the gap. Place your rappel as low as possible on the ridge.