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Suggested Page Improvements to Left Eyebrow

George Perkins
Aug 22, 2015
FA: Dick Ingraham, George Goedecke, and Edmund Ward

Bill Lawry
Oct 23, 2017
P3 Alternate: Transition to North Face as follows. Before the bush, leave the crack and head up for a total of ~35m to a nice ledge and belay. This ledge takes a couple large hexes for a belay anchor and is essentially a large notch in the bottom of a right-facing dihedral that continues up.

From here, you are just past the "super easy" while "run-out chicken heads of [[105834678]] (P6?)." So, for your P4, continue up North Face by climbing to and clipping the bivy ledge bolts and continue up the dike, cutting left when the flakes run out to a ledge and belay at flakes that take 3" and/or tiny nuts.

Bill Lawry
Oct 24, 2017
To my first suggested paragraph about the transition to north face, I'll suggest adding a reference to Johnny Gann's photo (i.e., which is looking up from the "large notch" ledge towards the climber on or near the bivouac ledge.

Sam Elander
May 17, 2023
Description Suggestion

All pitch lengths are approximate. We used a 60 m rope.

Pitch 1 (180 ft, 5.6): Climb up past a bush and into a right facing dihedral. After 20-30 ft, exit left over the dihedral at a horizontal crack. Pass a tree with a sling on it and climb a fingers crack until reaching a large tree stump (rotten and may want to find a way to back it up) in a big notch in the face.

Pitch 2 (200 ft, 5.6): Go directly up past a small tree to an excellent, continuous hands-to-fist crack. One of the best cracks of its grade in the state. Set a gear belay when you run out of rope.

Pitch 3 (120 ft, 5.5): More of the fist crack. Below the bush, leave the crack by heading right and climb on knobs and chickenheads until a large ledge [this is about 40feet below the Bivy Ledge anchors] This is a short pitch.

See Left Eyebrow to North Face if you are splitting off here.
**If joining into The North Face, you'll either runout slab straight up, or cut slightly right in a right facing corner whip back onto the left face about 15ft from the bolted anchors.**

Pitch 4 (120 ft, 5.5): Traverse right and slightly upward until it is easy to downclimb to the obvious live tree.

Pitch 5 (200 ft, 5.0-5.6): Mostly easy scrambling on a chossy ramp system until the last 40 feet which is a 5.6 climb up left facing flakes. Belay at the dead tree (the tree is hard to see from the ground and lower pitches). This pitch is a blight on an otherwise excellent climb; don't let it discourage you.

Pitch 6 (190 ft, 5.7 R): Climb up to the roof which protects with a small cam (0.3 Camalot) or stopper. Escape the roof/arete to the right on positive holds (the roof is not the crux). Climb up the face on interesting features. After about 20 ft, traverse right to the rusty old 1/4 bolt (needs to be upgraded) making some delicate moves on the way. Continue right and up for some more runout climbing until a solid cam placement can be found (0.5 Camalot). From here the climbing is almost straight up to a 3 bolt anchor.

Pitch 7 (130 ft, 5.6): Climb up a right-angling seam. It takes small stoppers. Clip another old 1/4 bolt and climb up and left onto easier, featured terrain. Pass a small roof (18 inches) and continue straight up to a right facing dihedral system. Belay off gear.

Pitch 8 (100 ft, 5.5): Climb the dihedral to a comfy ledge.

Pitch 9 (160 ft, 5.5 at first, then 4th class): Climb straight up for about 30 feet, then traverse right on positive incuts until an easy ramp is attained. 4th and 3rd class from here to the summit.

Descent Options: October 15th, 2012 Update: Mountain Project contributor Bill Lawry recently consolidated the descent information from the comments sections on several of the Sugarloaf routes. It looks like a users' consensus might be forming in favor of the South Spur–South Rap. [[Click Here]] for updated information.

I have rappelled both the east side and the South Spur–West. They each have their advantages and disadvantages. The east side is straightforward after you find the first set of anchors, but then you have to scramble all the way down the steep east side gully and back up to your packs. The South Spur-west option (take care scrambling down the knife-edge ridge) takes you down on the side of the mountain where your packs are. It has some new, high-quality bolts and leaver biners. Unfortunately the second set of bolts is placed about 10 feet above a comfortable looking ledge (you have to hang). It seems like this was done for single rope descent. After using this anchor, we chose to swing into a crack system (to the right when facing the rock) and did our third rappel off of a well-located anchor comprised of 3 stoppers. This offered a straight-down rappel to the ground with a clean pull. Having given up on the bolted rap line, I can't vouch for whether or not it is complete.

I have read that both rappel options can be done with a single rope, but I have always used two (it's comforting).


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