Sam's Swan Song
Avg: 2.7 from 12 votes
Routes in 2. Duet Area etc
|Add Libs T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13|
|All Day Sucker T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|British Were Coming, The T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13|
|Condemned Man T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c X|
|Continuation of Rock Candy T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b C0 PG13|
|Duet T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|Duet Direct T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b|
|Fall from Grace T 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b|
|Jawbreaker (not completely done) T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b A3-|
|Light Brigade, The T 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13|
|Lightning Crack T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|Pops-Sick-Hill T 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c R|
|Raven Crack T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a|
|Rock Candy T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R|
|Rodan T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b|
|Sam's Ghost T 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b R|
|Sam's Swan Song T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13|
|Sayonara T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13|
|Sextet T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a C0|
|Shadey Grove (unfinished) T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c X|
|Sinister Satisfaction T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Slow and Easy T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Sticky Fingers T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b|
|White and Young T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a R|
|Type:||Trad, Alpine, 1000 ft, 8 pitches, Grade III|
|FA:||Phil Nelson, Sam Streibert, Alan Wedgewood, Mike Westmacott, Sally Westmacott/ August 1964|
|Page Views:||3,336 total, 54/month|
|Shared By:||bradley white on Nov 8, 2012|
|Admins:||Jay Knower, M Sprague, lee hansche, Jeffrey.LeCours, Robert Hall|
DescriptionWhen I climbed Sam's, the third pitch was intact. Sam's Swan Song, although easier than Moby Grape, has had climbers get killed and has had hospitalizing injuries. All accidents were due to human error.
We found our way up the first try. On the sixth pitch, Ted Hammond leading did an extreme variation missing the crux. Going left side up is the easiest. The crux high above the cow pasture goes through a pocket between blocks crossing upwards, to the entrance above the void an unseen corner. After corner belay. Straight forward easier route finding from this belay to finish. It used to be among the full length classic routes. It may have had to much rock fall to rate this high. It could be rated as low as a bomb. Thank you, very much Sam and company.
1. Climb corner or the Lightning Crack variation to belay on top of Buttress.
2. Move up and left to step across into shallow dike. Go up dike until able to ledges right of erosion rock.
3. Rock slides have changed this area. It was and is still potentially active. Its an ongoing process. No new info on area besides it is seriously doable and good for adventure. Climb what makes the most sense up the broken corner dike until able to move right.
4.Continue up corner until foot ledge right to shallow stance.
5. Up the easy ledges to the cow pasture, a large recessed ledge.
6. Many ways to get lost and not do this crux pitch. Some lost ways can be difficult. Right slanting crack heading towards where you think would be wrong to go is the route. Keep on heading for the most exposed way up and you'll stay on route. The more directions here I think the worst off you'll understand. Most exposed and steep becomes no exposure and excellent crack corner to belay
7. Straight up to belay under small cracked overhang.
8. Take overhang crack to vegetation and finish where you're comfortable.