Perfect Impass Route Line From Below

Imperfect Impass from below.

The Imperfect Impass is an eroded gully along a volcanic dike that cuts the quartz diorite. We took the higher route line, but the other party took the lower route line. I had taken off my pack to scope out the higher traverse, and it actually wasn't so bad once I knew where the holds were, even with my heavy pack.

NOTE: I have labeled the climbing as 3rd/4th in this annotated photo. However, with heavy packs or slightly wet conditions (or without the snow bridge), the Impass could definitely feel more like 4th/low5th. Some parties select to rope up and belay the Impass. You definitely do not want to slip here.


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