Avg: 2.3 from 6 votes
|Type:||Trad, Snow, 900 ft, 7 pitches, Grade III|
|FA:||Joanna McComb and Dan Jones, 1966 FFA Mike McEwan, Marti Woerner, Dave Baker 1971|
|Page Views:||2,180 total · 30/month|
|Shared By:||Charles Vernon on Mar 25, 2012|
|Admins:||Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick|
Caution: Human and Drug Trafficking Details
Traffic from drug smuggling and illegal immigration is high in this area. Exercise caution. US Border Patrol recommends avoiding this area completely after dark.
DescriptionSustained meat and potatoes crack climbing--with a couple of face climbing cruxes--up the most obvious line on Babo. The 2-star rating is somewhat aspirational as the crack is very dirty (and when we did it, running with water the whole way). Nevertheless as the guidebook says, there is a lot of fun climbing on this route and the rock, once unearthed, is good. If it got a lot of traffic, this route might resemble a classic, but I can't imagine that happening. Still, it's very enjoyable with the right mindset, and it does get better the higher you go. I would say you want to be at least a solid 5.9 climber to do this route.
I'm guessing the best time to do this route might be late fall before the first snow, as it is most likely to be dry at that time. Or perhaps late spring just before it gets too hot.
The easy snow rating is seasonal :)
Kerry's description is accurate, bearing in mind that the route does join the SE Arete at the notch.