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Ellery Ridges Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 11,500'
Location: 37.9347, -119.21302 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Bruce Morris on Aug 12, 2016


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The south slope of Lee Vining Canyon has a huge face filled with ridges and aretes running up to the Dana Plateau. Four of these arete-ridges have moderate, but spectacular rock routes (5.6-5.7) that will take you up to the flat summit of Dana Plateau. Eric Gabel says, "The climbing is like menu bouldering the whole way, pick a problem, step up and do it, pick another, repeat...." "The rock," he continues, "is good and amazingly not loose . . . . A short rope, a set of stoppers and some good approach shoes is all that is necessary." The FA teams brought along an 8mm rope, but never broke it out.

During the winter, there is also a long spectacular mixed rock and ice climb that forms up in the gully between North Ellery Ridge and 'The Backbone'. The is known as the Power House Couloir and has only had a few ascents.

Getting There 

Continue east out the Ellery Lake Mining Road from the Rhinedollar Dam and access each of the Ellery Ridges from below. The farthest arete to the east requires about a 45-minute approach march, with the others proportionately less. You can descend back down from Dana Plateau through Ellery Bowl past "Speed of Life" and the Golden Rock until you loop back to your original starting point at Ellery Lake.

Climbing Season

For the Lee Vining Canyon / Tioga Road area.

Weather station 1.1 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

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Classic Climbing Routes in Ellery Ridges

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Ellery Ridges:
The Backbone   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Trad, Alpine, 15 pitches, 1500'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Line of the "Back Bone Arete" (5.7) behi...

The Backbone 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  California : Sierra Eastside : ... : Ellery Ridges
Most direct, obvious, long arete leading up the south slope of Lee Vining Canyon to the broad flat summit of Dana Plateau. Eric Gabel called it the "Backbone Arete" because of the long causeway walk in the central section that is shaped like dinosaur vertebrae. At the end of the causeway, there is a big block. That's where the 5.7 is, you lie back up the side of the block, the rest of the route is 5.6 or easier....[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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