The North Face

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California, United States, North America
Route Type:
Snow / Ice
Time Required:
Half a day

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The North Face
Created On: Sep 23, 2002
Last Edited On: Sep 30, 2002


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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