Avg: 2.8 from 5 votes
|FA:||Probably Norman Clyde|
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|Shared By:||Chris D on Sep 14, 2016|
|Admins:||Chris Owen, Lurker, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes|
East of the ridge proper looked rocky and technical. We followed along the ridge top for a while, then dropped down on the west side of the ridge to get around a couple of huge shoulders of rock, then scrambled up a gully that culminates in a short, steep, clean section of easy fifth class climbing which ends right at the northern point of the narrow summit ridge.
Eventually the terrain pushes you to the spectacular knife-edge ridge, a 100-yard third-class traverse of fantastic scrambling on solid terrain. Great views from the summit! Four to Six hours should do it, car-to-car.
The descent (at least the one we chose) is seen from the summit in its entirety. Looking down to the west, a huge talus chute leads to the bottom of the valley. To get to this talus chute requires a 150-foot downclimb, which is pretty spicy. You can see the downclimb (I believe it's the West Rib) from the summit; it's the steep, broken, brown rib that starts down from the north ridge maybe 50 feet or so from the summit.
Once you get off the rib and into the talus, get ready for one of the greatest talus-skis in the Sierra. Fun! Near the bottom it looks like it cliffs out, but easy passage is found through the rock bands. After a short easy bushwhack, you're right back on the trail headed to your car.