East Face Additions and Corrections

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rpc - Aug 8, 2005 4:38 pm - Voted 10/10

Route Comment

Hi Eric,

First of all, let me say that I've enjoyed your Minuteman page very much! Your photos were partly responsible for us going there to do the route. And a fun route it was!!

I have a question for you. We did a variation of the route that is described (not very well though) in Nelson and Potterfield's guidebook (Vol. 1, 2nd ed.). I was wondering if you could add this variation description to your East Face route page (if I were to send you a write up) or if you'd prefer it to be on a separate page (something to the effect of "East Face - Alternate Finish")? Please let me know if either of these options would work you (or something else you might have in mind).

Briefly (I can give you a detailed account later), we too fought the marginal rock up the lower "apron" (rougly 4-5 pitches total). Started in a dihedral on left side of east face and eventually ended up on a sandy ledge on the far right side of the face beneath the summit block.

From here you mention that licheny chimney you guys took to gain the headwall crack. I remember seeing that thing yesterday and it looked sick (in a good way that is :)

Instead of the chimney, we traversed sharply left and took a steep finger to hands crack (Nelson and Potterfield call it .10) up the lower summit block (my current profile photo shows this crack). This ended at an uncomfortable sloping ledge (with a small bush) beneath a roof/flake. Next pitch we pulled the roof/flake and joined the handcrack through headwall that you're familiar with. A party ahead of us did the same thing.

Please let me know if you'd be able to add this option to your East Face page.



Eric Sandbo

Eric Sandbo - Aug 11, 2005 10:53 am - Hasn't voted

Route Comment

By all means, yes! Either write it up as a separate route, or feed me as much detail as you want, and I'll incorporate it into the original route (with credit, of course).

And please flesh out my description of the route with any details you think will help. It's been years since I was there, and my description is woefully sketchy. Thanks for doing the route and bringing back news for the rest of us.


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