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YDS: 4th French: 1 Ewbanks: 2 UIAA: I ZA: 2 British: M 1b

Type:  Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 50', Grade II
Original:  YDS: 4th French: 1 Ewbanks: 2 UIAA: I ZA: 2 British: M 1b [details]
FA: Thomas Eliot, Harley Prouty, Charles Whittlesey, Aug., 15, 1910
Season: summer
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Submitted By: brucelacroix on Aug 27, 2013  with updates from nomdeploom

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BETA PHOTO: Route overview.


From the Green Lakes trailhead, hike 4.2 miles to Green Lakes. From the junction, take the trail that passes to the left, north side of the smaller lake. Shortly after passing the lake, look
for a climbers trail on the right, that leads to the saddle. The trail is well worn and easy to find. Hike up the ridge, passing a few gendarmes that provide route-finding alternatives, some exposed on gravel and scree but with little difficulty, until reaching an obvious balcony. Above is a terrace that provides the crux of the route. There are many alternatives: (1) traverse right (onto the west side on a short red ledge, then scramble up a steep bit of rock (slings useful for protection) to a loose slope, to reach another headwall. Work right, following a crude path, then back left to the summit. (2) From the balcony, traverse left on poor rock, following tracks that go to a small saddle. From there the summit is a short exposed scramble to the right (west). OR, (3) From the balcony, go straight up decent rock (class 4 or low 5, protectable with slings) to reach the same slope as in alternative (1). There is a block with fixed slings for an anchor to belay others up (and back down on the descent). Follow the same path as in (1) to the summit. Alternative (3) is probably the safest and least exposed route.


In early season, bring crampons and ice axe.

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By splitclimber
Jul 24, 2017

climbed this route on 7.21.17. only some snow patches on the approach. we did the left variation which takes you around the left side of the pinnacle. There is one or two very easy fifth class moves on good rock but with a big drop below if you mess up. We belayed this short section to the summit since we brought a short rope and a bit of gear.

very rewarding summit.

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