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The North Face
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The North Face

 
The North Face

Page Type: Route

Location: California, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 37.16690°N / 118.6706°W

Object Title: The North Face

Route Type: Snow / Ice

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: AI2

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Page By: Craig Peer

Created/Edited: Sep 23, 2002 / Sep 30, 2002

Object ID: 156994

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Approach


Approach this climb by hiking over Lamarck Col from the North Lake trailhead ( Bishop ), to one of several excellent camp sites in upper Darwin Canyon. See The High Sierra - Paeks, Passes and Trails guide by R. J. Secor for more information. The maps needed are the Mt. Darwin and Mt. Thompson 7.5 minute USGS quads.

Route Description


This is a pretty straight forward snow and ice climb right up the main ice face. Aim for the gully that narrows down ( to 12' wide ) and ends at the summit plateau. Descend the Northwest Ridge route ( class 3 ).

Essential Gear


An ice axe or 2 ice tools, crampons. We free soloed the route, but less experienced climbers may want a 9mm rope and a small rack for rock belays.

Miscellaneous Info


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