First good long day after surgery - ascended Class 3-4 directly up southeastern face cuz the sandy chute sounds boring. Relatively windy on summit so opted out of straining myself on highest boulder block with all that exposure and being solo. Descended eastern face on ball bearings and tense Class 3-4 on large blocks. Wonderful wonderful day to be in the Sierra!
Quick run up the chute before hiking out from Royce Lakes. Stunning views and a great summit block... I think a more challenging summit block than Bear Claw Spire but the layout of Bear Claw Spire's is unbeatable.
Exposed summit blocks on top of some clean 3rd class scrambling..cool peak. Bonus on SC 2010. Did this one after Feather.
Met seano at the summit, day 6 of the Sierra Challenge after returning from Feather Peak. Summit block was both impressive and fun. Trip Report
Fun climb from Granite Park, cl.3 with a few cl.4 moves
Climbed with Poser. Summit "block" was like a 10ft tall potato chip standing on its edge - I opted for just grabbing it with my hands. Not worth the consequences. Found the register left by the 1969 FA party. It had fallen over the edge and we took it back up to the top. The first entry for the NE ridge was dated 1971, and there were only about 28 signatures total.
The NE Ridge was an enjoyable but pretty easy scramble, a fair amount of third class and a few short class 4 sections. The South Face was a pretty good descent route, lots of sand, and only a few class 3-4 bits.
But the summit block was pretty stiff class 4 and downright scary--it seems to overhang on at least two sides, there are few good handholds, considerable faith in friction is required for the initial footholds, and to top things off, the rock was wet from the rain that had just started. For good measure, there's also significant exposure, and seemingly no good way of protecting the move even if I had a rope and a partner there with me. Maybe climbing with a partner and employing a shoulderstand would be the best approach to climbing the thing?
Anyway, I backed off from the final summit block in favour of staying alive. Maybe I'll go back sometime with a partner. Or maybe not.