North Ramp Variation

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 44.36680°N / 121.13631°W
Additional Information Route Type: Trad Climbing
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Additional Information Time Required: Less than two hours
Additional Information Difficulty: Technical Rock
Additional Information Rock Difficulty: 5.0 (YDS)
Additional Information Number of Pitches: 1
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Surprisingly, at 5.0, this is not even the easiest route to the summit of The Mole, the 4th rock tower from the bottom of Staender Ridge. There is a 4th class route to its right for that. Regardless, this is a simple romp up pretty good rock. There is a good crack to protect, nice holds and ledges and great views from the top.

Getting There

See the Main Page for Staender Ridge for how to get here. Once you are on the ridge, hike up to the 4th tower and go to the saddle between the north side of The Mole and the south side of Bette's Needles. You can access this from either side.

Route Description

Start just to the east of the large boulder at the base of the north side of The Mole. Follow the shallow groove up the flaring crack. Holds are abundant. The rock is red and black here. Gear to 3 inches. Super easy and a definite confidence-builder. There is a bolt to anchor yourself into a few feet from the anchors. Makes is nice and easy. Rappel the route.

Essential Gear

Gear to 3 inches. I used only cams on this one and not that many.



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