This really is a classic for a reason. However, if you are looking for a solitary mountain experience this certainly isn't it. Crowds can be problematic and backed up in peak seasons which explains the amount of rockfall seen/felt on lower routes and couloirs. The feeling of the sun hitting once you exit wall street never gets old especially in late season climbing. The few times we have (almost) had the route to ourselves is transcendent and led the way to alpine routes further afield. When coming back to the valley after a long absence a brutal car to car ascent made us feel our age.
Left camp in Garnet Meadow at 4:30am, summited at 7pm, returned to camp at 11pm. Significant amount of time on snow but the ridge was mostly dry.
We were among the first several groups to summit The Grand in nearly a week, because of ice and snow. The weather was perfect for our climb. A little snow on the OS descent, but easily manageable. Great climb!
So amazing! One of the best days of my life in the mountains so far!! Ran into Jimmy Chin and Conrad Ankor too. It was sick
Car to car solo in 15 hours. Awesome route.
8/14/2013 Climbed this route with Exum guides. We left base camp at the saddle at 4:15 am. Climbing the first several pitches in the dark was interesting. The Step Across in the dark sure got the blood pumping. We started seeing our first signs of light as we entered the Wind Tunnel. We reached the summit a little before 8 am and enjoyed a little over a half hour of ideal conditions on top. Our descent was by way of the 100' rappel and the OS route. Awesome experience.
Simul'ed after the lower exum. Passed a bunch of parties lost and pitching it out.
Hazy at the top and the descent was a little cold and icy, but a great day nonetheless.
It was my first time leading climbing. Needless to say it was awsome! Wall Street was quite a rush, as well as the V pitch! I recently climbed it again on September 1, 2013, and once again had a blast!. We did the route car to car. My foot was killing me on the descent however, and it took me all night to get back to the car.
Mostly a scramble. Led cruxy friction pitch. Cool rock.
Solo climb of the Upper Exum on a one-day ascent from Lupine Meadows. Rapelled Owen-Spalding. 12 hours total car-to-car. Fun climbing on an incredible rock, nice exposure/position, stellar views -- classic route!
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Always a classic climb.
Awesome climb, an experience I will never forget. I have never been so cold while in the Wind Tunnel waiting for other climbers to go forward.
The views by reputation are stunning, but not much to see when weather has come in. A jagged scramble past some pretty exposed terrain in spots. Placed very little pro on the route.
Sweet route. Blitzed it in 13 hours car to car.
After only an hour of sleep thanks to the wind blasting through the Moraine all night we managed to make it up with amazing weather. The Leap of Faith off Wall Street gets your attention. Interesting route finding (we joined with a team that had done it before, but still had to do a little route finding). We went too far right and missed the V pitch, but made up for it with the fun "boulder move". Great mountain, route and day. Can't wait to come back...
Excellent route to the top.
I have done this route twice, and will do it again. Mountain climbing at it's finest.