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West Face 

YDS: 3rd French: 1- Ewbanks: 1 UIAA: I ZA: 1 British: M 1a

Type:  Trad, Alpine
Original:  YDS: 3rd French: 1- Ewbanks: 1 UIAA: I ZA: 1 British: M 1a [details]
FA: Joseph N. LeConte, R.H. Butler, E.B. Gould, T. Parker, G. Cosgrove, A. Elston, A.G. Eells, 5-10-1903.
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Submitted By: Blitzo on Jan 9, 2007

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A friend in front of Williamson before descending ...


From the second lake in Williamson Bowl, the bowl between Tyndall and Williamson, head to the southern section of The West Face and a prominent rock band with black streaks.
Climb to the most obvious black water mark and ascend talus to the right of it. Climb a huge chute to it's top. Head through a small notch, overlooking Owens Valley. Traverse right to a narrow cleft. Follow this (3rd class) to the summit plateau. Wander south to the summit.
Use this same route for descent.
This is the most popular route on the mountain.


Approach by Shepherd Pass.


Beginners may feel safer with a rope and a few pieces.

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By Jim H
From: Pasadena, CA
Sep 9, 2017
rating: Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c

There is definitely a bit of technical (low 5th) climbing in the top chimney. Nothing too hard, but low 5th for sure and defiantly above a scramble.

  • *I know that low 5th somehow equals 3rd class in the old old rating systems, but in terms of 2017 climbing ratings this is a low 5th class climb.

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