Route Climbed: (1/2 of) NE Gully Date Climbed: 10 August, 2003
Incredible climb- in different ways. Started from the trailhead at 9.45 with LJ, with beautiful weather. Got to start of climb in decent time. Beginning went smoothly, but about 1/2way (when one starts encountering the reddish rock), lost track. Soon we were on horrendous 'rock,' climbing at a much slower pace than anticipated. Though off-route, did our last 'pitch (I'd go ahead, attached to the rope but not placing any pro, find a big ledge, & belay)' right as it got dark. Finally topped out on gentle N slopes after 21.00. Summited at 22.07, leaving at 22.22. Horrible descent. Reached car after losing end of trail, at 4.36- another Sierra epic!!!
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