5.6 Easy Snow,
Trad, Snow, Alpine, 1000 ft, 11 pitches, Grade IV,
Avg: 2.3 from 3
FA: Various People on Various Sections
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Starting from the Grandstand
, the North Side Lowlight Tour
allows the climber to link weaknesses up the North Face
and North Ridge
until the he or she gains the Second Ledge
and can traverse into the Owen Spalding
at the base of the Double Chimney
Pitch 1: From the top of the Grandstand
, angle up and left toward a right leaning gully. (5.6)
Pitch 2: Climb up and right in (or on the side of) the gully to the terrace. (5.2)
Pitch 3: From the terrace traverse hard left and slightly down (as for Italian Cracks
). Set belay in wide crack on good ledge (decent bivy for two) (5.4)
Pitch 4: Climb short, wide crack (5.6) to next ledge, and head hard left into obvious chimney instead of the Italian Cracks
. Climb chimney, eventually exiting to the left and belaying at a good, albeit left-sloping stance. (5.5 full 70m)
Pitch 5: Several options are available to gain the Second Ledge
, we went up the slab and around the corner to the right (5.6), although it looked like easier (but more chossy) options were available left or straight up.
Pitch 6: Climb the Second Ledge
to the corner (4th/easy-5th).
Pitch 7: Traverse to obvious improved bivy site at next corner (Easy snow/3rd).
Pitch 8: Traverse down into and across the Great West Chimney
(obvious gully) using fixed-handline (or possibly do a short and angling rappel if handline is absent). Belay at the base of Double Chimney
on the Owen Spalding
(5.6 A0 Easy Snow/3rd)
Pitches 9-11: Follow Owen Spalding
to the top.