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The Minarets Traverse

PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:40 am
by Marmaduke
A question, are Josh http://www.summitpost.org/users/josh/1 and lavaka http://www.summitpost.org/users/lavaka/1341 the only SPrs to accomplish this? Bob Burds page for The Minarets does not have any signers on the summit log but these guys have done it. The rest of the Minarets do not have a page, have others climbed all/most and not signed on? Seems like a pretty cool achievement?

Re: The Minarets Traverse

PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:54 pm
by Bob Burd
It's a pretty tough one. You have to be comfortable soloing 5.6 on shitty rock. There are very few ascents on those minarets north of Eichorn where the climbing gets ugly. Scary stuff.

Re: The Minarets Traverse

PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 5:51 pm
by Bob Burd
That was scarier reading than the rock itself.

Re: The Minarets Traverse

PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 10:56 pm
by Sierra Ledge Rat
I tried to free-solo the route back about 20 years ago. I didn't get far, it was frightening.

Re: The Minarets Traverse

PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 7:25 am
by Vitaliy M.
I wonder how many people have done the Sawtooth traverse. Not in sections, but the full one on the same trip...not much info on it.

Full Palisade traverse been accomplished by over 7 (known) parties or so...

Evolution traverse has 20-30 ascents?

Re: The Minarets Traverse

PostPosted: Wed Jul 18, 2012 8:22 pm
by Vitaliy M.
I know another 3 people that have done it this months...

The number is of documented ascents- those who signed into the registers. Could be higher because not all sign in (for whatever reasons. usually when I find the register, I sign it. unless pen doesn't work, as was the case on Dragtooth, or if I can't find it like on Doodad).

Bob, did Doodad have a summit register when you were there? Helpful TR by the way.

Re: The Minarets Traverse

PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 3:44 am
by Sierra Ledge Rat
I also tried the Sawtooth traverse back in the 1970s. Man it was really loose, big huge loose blocks. Didn't get very far on that traverse either.

I suck, I guess.

Re: The Minarets Traverse

PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 4:14 am
by Noondueler
Bob Burd wrote:It's a pretty tough one. You have to be comfortable soloing 5.6 on shitty rock. There are very few ascents on those minarets north of Eichorn where the climbing gets ugly. Scary stuff.
Remember reading "MIssing in the Minarets" about Walter Starr Jr.'s search party. Norman Clyde found his body on a ledge I believe. I think it was Jules Eichorn with him. It was one of the few times anyone saw Norman weep.

Re: The Minarets Traverse

PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 4:37 am
by Marmaduke
That was a very good read!

Re: The Minarets Traverse

PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 4:46 am
by Kahuna
Oh there have been several undocumented complete traverses of all the ones mentioned, over the decades.

Believe it or not, there are some humble folks out there that need not spray every frkn thing they do to the world. There are people that do some pretty consistent narly stuff and do not make a peep to anyone about it.

Imagine that.

Re: The Minarets Traverse

PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 3:02 pm
by dskoon
A5RP wrote:Oh there have been several undocumented complete traverses of all the ones mentioned, over the decades.

Believe it or not, there are some humble folks out there that need not spray every frkn thing they do to the world. There are people that do some pretty consistent narly stuff and do not make a peep to anyone about it.

Imagine that.


It's always fine if one chooses to not sign a register, A5RP; it's one's perogative either way. But, signing a register is hardly "spraying.". .

Re: The Minarets Traverse

PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 4:44 pm
by Kahuna
dskoon wrote:It's always fine if one chooses to not sign a register, A5RP; it's one's perogative either way. But, signing a register is hardly "spraying.". .


Please do indicate where I made any mention that signing a register is "spraying". Thank you.

A5RP wrote:Oh there have been several undocumented complete traverses of all the ones mentioned, over the decades.

Believe it or not, there are some humble folks out there that need not spray every frkn thing they do to the world. There are people that do some pretty consistent narly stuff and do not make a peep to anyone about it.

Imagine that.

Re: The Minarets Traverse

PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 5:05 pm
by Blair
Yes, the minarets traverse has been done before. Fiddler, croft are folks that have done it for sure...

Sawtooths traverse has been done as well, unfortunately it was in the news as of late....RIP M.Y.

Be careful out there.....espec on shit rock

Re: The Minarets Traverse

PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 5:07 pm
by dskoon
A5RP wrote:
dskoon wrote:It's always fine if one chooses to not sign a register, A5RP; it's one's perogative either way. But, signing a register is hardly "spraying.". .


Please do indicate where I made any mention that signing a register is "spraying". Thank you.

A5RP wrote:Oh there have been several undocumented complete traverses of all the ones mentioned, over the decades.

Believe it or not, there are some humble folks out there that need not spray every frkn thing they do to the world. There are people that do some pretty consistent narly stuff and do not make a peep to anyone about it.

Imagine that.


I don't think you did, but it seemed you insuated it, as another poster had just said that some "might not have signed the registers," etc.
Least that's how I took it. If I interpreted your post incorrectly, my apologies.