bobpickering wrote:There are many ways to get from the notch to the summit. If you follow the exact crest of the ridge to the summit, you would go over a couple of towers that are probably at least 5.8. If you go just a few feet to the right, it’s mostly class 4 with a sprinkling of class 5 moves. You can pick your poison. Many people solo it or use minimal protection.
It is rated 5.6, but that is just because the rappel?
The upper portion of the climb (after the rappel) is 4th or 5th class? Is this dependent on how one chooses to get to the summit?
It is one or two rappels?
Some places suggested you can even (safely?) downclimb the rappel without a rope. True?
The 'downclimb' is a walk off, no?
In some vids, people are carrying ice axes. Is that just for early season/high snowfall years? Is it safe to assume that in the beginning of Aug. of this year, I will not need an ice axe?
bobpickering wrote:The first time I did it, I had just done the right couloir on North Pk., so I was wearing heavy boots.
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