The Razor Fang is the traverse between Mt. Peale and Mt. Tuk. More specifically, the Razor Fang is short (400 feet) section of the overall traverse. It can be approached from the east ascending Mt. Peale's main route and couloir to 12,000 ft. Alternatively, it can be approached from the west via Mt. Tuk's main route to the ridge at 11,600 ft.
The traverse between Mt. Peale's summit and Mt. Tuk's summit is just under 2.0 miles. Most of the traverse is Class 1-2. The Razor Fang is a small 400 ft section of the traverse about half way between the two mountains. This section is Class 3 with a possible Class 4 move or two due to exposure. Jose Knighton's guidebook calls to leave the ridge and traverse under The Fang on the south-facing slopes. My opinion is this would be recommended only to those who prefer loose, loose talus and aggravating situations. My recommendation is to stay on the ridge proper. The rock is loose, pancake-stacked talus but is negotiable. Take precaution not to place too much weight or trust on any rock on this section. The drops to the north into Gold's Basin create some exposure. The south slopes are more gentle. Along this 400 ft section known as The Razor Fang, there are three main sections that need to be climbed(traveling east) or downclimbed (traveling west) depending upon one's direction of travel. Each section is short and equal in distance. All 3 sections can be negotiated by dropping slightly 5-10 feet off the ridge toward the south slopes.
No ropes, crampons or ice axes are needed.
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