Burchey wrote: A5RP wrote:
Burchey wrote:I guess we should all thank the Sky Wizard to have certain folks around to tell us which routes are worthwhile and which ones are rubbish.
Route finding can be less than straight forward in many of those cases. Having a well Middle Marked cord can be a very valuable navigational tool.
I will also thank the S.K. for middle-marked ropes.
You most certainly should. It clearly appears that you had a confusing time on you recent trip up the Classic EB of Whitney.
Appears you were at mix and almost got totally lost trying to exit the last pitch on your latest first time outing on the EB of Whitney.
Kind of odd that you just now got on this very well traveled and straight forward Ancient Classic with all your decades of climbing experience.
I am also amazed that someone could actually give you directions from the summit when you were still some 8-900 feet below them and if were on route proper, would have been totally out of sight. You see, the route proper exits left and then a tad bit south the lower last tower before you scramble around it and then meet up with the exit portion of the East Face route. Then one heads up the last 6 or so hundred feet of Class 3 to the summit. You clearly depicted and voiced that the summit was "out of site" in this with this photo:http://www.summitpost.org/east-buttress ... ney/812182
From your TR:"I wasn't sure if I was still on route until I topped out right across from the lines heading up to the summit. The guide yelled down to us from the summit to "go that way", indicating to head up to our left a bit."
Very confusing at best isn't it.