Nelson decides not to continue down Donner Ridge (July 31, 2004). I had already pretty much come to that conclusion already. Basically the next 10 to 15 feet in front of Nelson have only sketchy handholds and no footholds. If this was the only obstacle we might have decided to try it, but once past this we would only be able to continue another 20 feet to top of the cliff beyond. You can see our immediate objective in the far right--the saddle between this steep part of the ridge and a large gendarme only 40 vertical feet below. So close, but yet so far!