With Ron. After getting two pitches up last year and then getting hammered off by snow and wind, we went back this summer and completed the West Ridge. Is that crux awkward move by the Cave really only a 5.5? Interesting exposed scramble out to the summit. Glad to get this one done. Awkward repelling too with only one 60 m rope. Had to traverse back to the top of Pitch 2 in one spot. Happy marmots and pikas chirped goodbye to us as we left the high camp.
In the parking lot at the trailhead when we got done we met Fred Dunham from Ellensburg who put up the first ascent on Sherpa. Told him we had a good summit and good weather. He liked my Xterra and said he put 278,000 miles on his. I am only at 216K now.
And oh yeah, Brick Burgers in Roslyn!
Climbed the north ridge (rated 5.8) and descended the south side to the Sherpa/Argonaut saddle. See my report here for more beta:
Three climbers from Sierra Mountaineering Club took a break from Stuart to climb this route. It was varied and scenic.
Fun scrambling, the best of a traverse from Sherpa to Colchuck. Trip report.
Great climb. Loved the route. I'm surprised it doesn't get done more often. Great weather, and the route was on the shady side of the mountain. Nice!
I'll add something about the West Ridge 4th Pitch description - About 6'-8' above the "broad sandy bench" is a narrow footledge. It is a LOT easier to go up to this on the large rocks to the left of the sandy benches, and traverse this narrow catwalk above the sandy benches. This entire pitch can be scrambled if you don't mind the exposure.
With Fred - too bad the weather turned on us. Neat route
Climbed with Moni Spicker.
A very nice route. Incoming bad weather put an end to our plans to climb the balanced rock.