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Routes in Giant Mountain

Bottle slide T 3rd 1- 1 I 1 M 1a
Bottleneck T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Eagle Slide T 4th 1 2 I 2 M 1b
East Face Cirque - Several Routes for the Explorer T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b R
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Type: Trad, Alpine, 1300 ft, Grade II
FA: 1963 or later?
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Shared By: Orphaned on Aug 4, 2015
Admins: Jim Lawyer

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Description [Suggest Change]

An easier alternative to the Eagle slide with a similar, though slightly more strenuous bushwhack, especially if one is not doing the Bottleneck (5.5). Most would still call this slide 4th class, though it is less steep overall than the Eagle slide, with less exposure. Exit, if not doing Bottleneck, can be gained by following herd path along base of cliffband to the right (south) or left (north). Left takes you away from the summit but Ive heard can be easier going. Not sure, I went right and found it pretty ok, probing for a weakness in the cliffband that wasnt 5th class, topping out on the cliff in view of the summit, where a trail leads from said cliff to summit. Enjoy the mountains!

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Same approach as Eagle, except you will follow the drainage to the left (north) of Roaring brook. If you descent into Roaring brook at the cairn, or about 2,600 ft, you should be able to hop right over into the next drainage. Its smaller and more grown in, just barely visible as a shaded line on google earth, as opposed to the well defined path of Roaring brook. When in doubt, make sure you're heading northeast (Eagle is due east).

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If you want to terrorize yourself, traverse underneath The Bottleneck (too wet to climb) to the right, as you try to find a way through to the top of Giant.
As the slide steeped near the top, much of the surrounding slope seemed , "ready to move" . It was a very sandy soil, with unanchored trees, dotted with 50-250 lb boulders. I set off numerous mini sand/rock avalanches even while being super carefull, ..and actually feared for my life moving across .
The Bottleneck looked like 50 ft of decent moderate climbing .... not much climbing to have to carry climbing gear but .... it would be an ugly place to get hurt soloing, trying to climb through to the top.
Spectacular views at the summit. The "Ridge Trail" (Zander Scott) is a much more scenic trail down but, does not end up at the starting parking lot. Mar 31, 2018

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