The red line is the route...

The red line is the route...

The red line is the route described below, while the blue line is an alternative route that is next to be attempted.
on May 7, 2005 5:21 pm
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ElliottDavis - Nov 15, 2011 2:30 pm - Hasn't voted

NW face of Vernon Bailey

I climbed Vernon Bailey on 11/13/11 and descended the blue line route you drew on your map. It was fun! Caveat: my definition of fun includes a lot of route-finding, scrambling through steep gullies and getting shredded by the vegetation. =) Whatever you may think of how pleasant it is, the route does go through, and I don't think I did anything harder than class 3. My ascent route matches yours until the prominent rock towers at 5800-ish, to the left of your red line. Then I went NW, bending around to SW, up the talus field to the saddle behind the towers. From there it's pretty straightforward, WSW down into a hanging valley, W up to the NE end of the summit horseshoe and along the ridge to the true summit.

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