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East Ridge T Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c
Type: Trad, 1500 ft, 6 pitches, Grade III
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Tim P. Brown on Jun 15, 2017
Admins: Hank Caylor, Matt Richardson, LeeAB Brinckerhoff

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Summit area is fenced off for communication s towers. Details

Description

Once you've reached the base of the rock on the east ridge, use your route finding skills, and adventure climb to the top. The lower areas we checked out we're pretty loose, so we hiked north and climbed 2 or 3 short pitches ending in a brushy bowl below the east face (there are several moist, moss-filled caves people have clearly camped in over the years). From the caves area, we traversed left/south to gain the east ridge again. This is where the best climbing starts. It's fairly easy, but quite exposed at times. Many will not need a rope, but less experienced climbers will appreciate the security of a belay from above.

Location

We hiked down the west side (Ron Coleman Trail), passed the El Paso "Mammoth," to the parking area on Trans Mountain, hwy 375.

Protection

We had a small rack: Set of Tricams, Stoppers, slings and 'biners. We carried a 60m rope, but would take a shorter one next time to save weight.

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