15 July 2005. Looking back on...
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15 July 2005. Looking back on the rugged 13300' gendarme that comprises the crux section of the Father Dyer-Mount Helen ridge.
On the south side of the ridge proper most climbing can be kept to class 2+ or 3. Attempts to stay on the ridge crest will result in 5th class in a couple of spots, including a very sharp, distinct, and quite exposed knife-edge.
Rock was of varying quality - I encountered much that jiggled, but little that moved so much I was concerned about it popping out from under me.
13229' Red Mountain in the background.