Left Wing Extremist
Avg: 3 from 1 vote
|Type:||Trad, Alpine, 2000 ft, 10 pitches, Grade IV|
|FA:||Galen Rowell and David Wilson (1991)|
|Page Views:||146 total · 61/month|
|Shared By:||Brian Prince on Nov 7, 2017|
|Admins:||Chris Owen, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes|
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DescriptionProud route up a monster, iconic face that no one seems to climb. This line holds a notorious splitter offwidth on the right face of a beautiful dihedral halfway up.
3 pitches lead to a belay behind an obvious giant flake.
Next pitch is the crux. Reasonable 11a fingers in a corner leads to a ledge out left where you can belay or keep going. The crack off of this ledge was ridiculously hard and seemed impossible with the giant bush growing out of it. Get past this and keep going up some nice splitters to a traverse back out right and a belay.
One more pitch up some steep and scary quartz leads to a marginal belay below the offwidth.
Offwidth is long and sustained. You'd expect, being the high sierra and all, you could mostly cheat the thing. This is true to an extent, but it's also real deal in parts. Overall, I'd say it's not too soft (imho) like David says on supertopo . but probably not 10+ either..
After some more moderate pitches we followed the east face route to the top.