The North Face

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 37.16690°N / 118.6706°W
Additional Information Route Type: Snow / Ice
Additional Information Time Required: Half a day
Additional Information Difficulty: AI2
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Approach this climb by hiking over Lamarck Col from the North Lake trailhead ( Bishop ), to one of several excellent camp sites in upper Darwin Canyon. See The High Sierra - Paeks, Passes and Trails guide by R. J. Secor for more information. The maps needed are the Mt. Darwin and Mt. Thompson 7.5 minute USGS quads.

Route Description

This is a pretty straight forward snow and ice climb right up the main ice face. Aim for the gully that narrows down ( to 12' wide ) and ends at the summit plateau. Descend the Northwest Ridge route ( class 3 ).

Essential Gear

An ice axe or 2 ice tools, crampons. We free soloed the route, but less experienced climbers may want a 9mm rope and a small rack for rock belays.

Miscellaneous Info

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