|If you avoid the Direct Crack (5.9), you can keep the level at and below 5.6 for the entire climb? Is that right? That is what "Climbing California's High Sierra" claims. How many pitches total?|
|Posted Sep 30, 2002 10:13 am|
|If the Direct Crack is avoided, the hardest move becomes the off-width crack at the top of the Staircase (5.6-5.7). When Barry and I did the East Face, we only roped up for 4 pitches, but I think the total would be 16(?).|
|Posted Sep 30, 2002 2:58 pm|
|Agreed - just did it and used the rope for only 250' total - four places:|
The solo the washboard up and over and down.
The fresh air traverse
The chimney above the fresh air traverse
Solo the Grand Staircase.
Take off pack - leader free solo the crack with rope on and then pull up packs.
Belay up second then solo to the top on 4th class big blocks.
|Posted Sep 30, 2002 8:28 pm|
|there's some pretty useful info. in these comments I think - would be nice if it could be added to the main route description page before some of it gets accidentally deleted.|
|Posted Nov 5, 2002 1:33 pm|