The first 2 pitches were nice, however if you are not used to climbing in yosemite you may not consider this 5-5 climbing and pulling crux moves over your pro. the rest of the climb is up some muddy chosse gully and is a bit dangerous and crappy.
I thought it was a terrible route Date Climbed: Sep 4, 2011
done with Rockclimber77 - the first 2 pitches were on a nice rock, little exposed (there was a fixed rope hanging out there, and piton at the base of the climb).
Near the top it became more like class 3/4 mud and loose scramble. I got hit by a large rock once, a few near misses when grabbing onto a large boulder, which became loose. Would not recommend this route, and will never do it again.
Descent from Lavender Col into Blaine Basin is heinous - on a tons of loose scree.
We did it in one day from East Dallas Trailhead, and it is definitively a long day - not a half a day as the route describes.
"Got tight last night on absinthe and did knife tricks. Great success shooting the knife into the piano. The woodworms are so bad and eat hell out of all furniture that you can always claim the woodworms did it."