Best First Sierra Climbs

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Best First Sierra Climbs

by WillC » Fri May 31, 2013 6:45 pm

I'm heading up to the Sierras next weekend to try and do my first alpine climb. Right now the plan is to do the North Ridge of Lone Pine Peak, but I'm worried I might be taking on a longer route than I can accomplish in a day. What other beginner routes would people recommend? I've already done the Chimney variation on NPal, but that was more of a scramble than an actual climb

I'm looking for
- A long grade II or short grade III
- 5.7 or easier (i want this to be more about getting used to climbing in the mountains v. how hard I can crank)
- No ice climbing
- Further south preferable


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Re: Best First Sierra Climbs

by Bob Burd » Sat Jun 01, 2013 1:39 am

3Deserts wrote:Do you mean the Clyde Variation on North Pal? The chimney is not a scramble.

The chimney can be a scramble.

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Re: Best First Sierra Climbs

by sierraman » Sat Jun 01, 2013 2:08 am

I don't think most climbers would categorize a 5.6, long grade II, as a beginner climb. I wouldn't categorize the North Ridge of Lone Pine Peak as a beginner climb either. My personal favorite in the area is the south face of Mt. McAdie. Should be free of snow by now. Enjoyable climbing without the commitment of LPP.

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