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South face of the fifth finger

South face of the fifth finger

South face of the fifth finger

Page Type: Route

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 35.68880°N / 117.9091°W

Object Title: South face of the fifth finger

Route Type: Scramble/technical climb

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: 5.6

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Page By: GlennG

Created/Edited: Jan 6, 2005 / Jan 6, 2005

Object ID: 163446

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From the parking area (3600'+), the peak is visible as the leftmost of several points. Hike up the slope to the base of the fifth finger, (the finger furthest west on the ridge).

Route Description

From the base of the fifth finger the largest crack that runs diagonally from the western side of the finger towards the eastern side is the starting point. After following this crack for approximately 80ft, a ledge to the right (east) leads you to the base of a small face that you follow up to a chute that you can scramble up for another ~ 30ft. A scramble up to the right then puts you near the top of the ridge which you can follow to the summit. See the route drawn on the picture.

Essential Gear

We carried a 10mm 60m rope, the length was longer than needed, only the first pitch was long, and didn't need to be. We used a couple .75 black diamond cams, a 1, 2, and a 4(only for the belay anchor). We used a couple assorted nuts as well.

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