To avoid making the traverse around 'the step' we chose to climb directly up the cliff band. The climb is steep but relatively short (±60 ft.). The 4th class crux is a 6-foot vertical band near the top of the step, which requires a high-stepping mantel. There are several good holds but the consequences of a fall would be very ugly. Above the step a 50-foot rightward traverse across a steep slope regains the route followed by traversing around the step.
Oh come on, the final rock pitch was quite a bit taller than me - it was more likely 10-13 ft.
Dry Creek TH - Big Baldy Saddle
Distance: 2.84 mi
Elevation Changes +3,000'
Battle Creek TH - Big Baldy Saddle
Distance: 3.14 mi
Elevation Changes +3,200' -80'
Sagebrush Flat TH - Big Baldy Saddle
Distance: 1.92 mi
Elevation Changes +1,030' -260'
Distance: 1.38 mi
Elevation Changes +3,185' -70'
Everest Ridge - Summit
Distance: 0.37 mi
Elevation Changes +207' -144'
Thanks for the addition. Great detail. If you don't mind, I'll put the figure on the main route page.
Feel free to - this is such a nice route I'd like to do as much as I can to contribute to the page.
If you'd like the the route overview pic that I submitted to show up as a large image on the route page, set is as (img src="http://www.summitpost.com/images/132825.JPG" HEIGHT=?). Just replace the ( with < and ) with > for the proper tags. To set the size, just try out some different numbers in place of the ? for height (e.g. 400)
I-15, take the Lindon/1600 North-Orem exit, proceed east through town, climb and look for Skyline Drive to your left just prior to a sweeping right turn, proceed generally northward on Skyline Drive to Dry Canyon Drive, turn right and follow the pavement to the paved TH. Toilet and TH signs there. Don't be surprised by the ostentatious homes dotting the landscape - typical of public displays of debt. :)