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East Face
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East Face

 

Page Type: Route

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 36.76730°N / 118.3725°W

Object Title: East Face

Route Type: Trad Climbing

Season: Summer

Time Required: Most of a day

Rock Difficulty: 5.8 (YDS)

Number of Pitches: 8

Grade: III

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Created/Edited: Mar 10, 2007 / Mar 10, 2007

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Overview

The route ascends the obvious crack system in the center of the east face, and the approach and climb are easily done in a day.

Getting There

From Onion Valley, hike toward Kearsarge Pass. Before reaching the pass, head south and approach the wall just beyond Heart Lake.

Route Description

Ascend the obvious crack system in the center of the east face. The route follows a steep, right facing, corner. Six or seven pitches (up to 5.8) lead to a massive shelf, just below the summit. From here, third class climbing leads to the summit fin. At the fin, unprotected, and very exposed, 5.6 face-climbing leads to one of the Sierra's most exciting summits. Rappel back to the base of the summit fin and descend down the north ridge toward Pothole Lake.

Essential Gear

Standard alpine rack. Nothing special is needed.

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