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Routes in Spearhead

Age Axe T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
All Two Obvious T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R
Barb, The T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
East Prow T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
North Ridge T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Obviously Four Believers T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Prowess T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13
Spear Me the Details T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Spearhead, Chiefshead, Pagoda, Long's Traverse T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Stone Monkey T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Syke's Sickle T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Ten Essentials, The T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Three Stoners T 5.11a/b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c PG13
Type: Trad, Alpine, Grade IV
FA: unknown
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Shared By: fossana on Jul 8, 2013
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Description

If you're looking for a Park traverse but want something shorter with a bit more vertical climbing and a bit less bushwhacking than Walk in the Park, check out Spearhead to Long's.

Location

Approach
From the Glacier Gorge trailhead take the established trail to Black Lake. From the lake follow the climbers' trail east above treeline. Head south across the meadows to the base of Spearhead.

Route
Spearhead
Choose your own adventure up Spearhead. More popular options include:

N Ridge (5.6)
E Prow (5.9)
Syke's Sickle (5.9+)
The Barb (5.10-)
All Two Obvious (5.11d R)
Spear Me the Details (5.11d)
Stone Monkey (5.12a)

Chiefshead
From the summit of Spearhead, continue along the ridge. The most direct line is to take the Central Rib (5.7) or a variation thereof. One could zigzag up the ramp systems if easier climbing is desired.

Pagoda
Now the real fun begins. Follow the obvious knife edge ridgeline along the W Ridge (5.7) of Pagoda.

Longs
From the summit of Pagoda, pick a line to Longs to suit your desired level of difficulty (class 3+).

Descent
From the Keyhole Route on Long's, cross-country down the talus slopes (e.g. the Trough) back into Glacier Gorge. Follow the trail out the way you came.

Water
Depending on the season it may be difficult to find water on the route proper unless there is snow and/or runoff. Plan accordingly.

Answers to FAQ
From messages:
  • I started with the North Ridge of Spearhead and did not bring a rope. Most of the route is not sustained.
  • I don't remember my car-to-car time. It took me ~9 hrs from the trailhead to the summit of Long's at a casual pace and having done only the last 500' previously.

Protection

No fixed gear or anchors.

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