Rocked out the traverse solo on a prime time day.
Wow, talk about short-and-sweet! What a wonderful "back-yard" climb! The views are just bomber, what a fantastic peak! I was glad to have protection for the most exposed areas - there was an awful lot of air under my ass on this climb! It was bitter cold with high winds but sunny and beautiful.
Well it's about time!
Bailed at the Crux. Climbed with Dave B.
Great traverse from Vigil to Knights.
I climbed Vigil in march, with friend calvin. The crux was a short section of 5th class. No problem going up, a few moves of 5.3. Shorter folks might have a problem downclimbing, . There are new rap anchors, about fifteen feet above, and to the west of the crux. I would guess a 50 meter rope could get you down. We then traversed over to a couple of small summits. Perhaps we can call them middle Vigil, and West Vigil, With some third , and fourth class climbing. From there we stayed high, and found the San Luis summit trail, and took that to the top of San Luis. As I am writing this I have done these peaks again twice. what a great half day, outing.
I revisited Vigil to help Pat Lilly and Doug Hatfield up. The 5th class section was just as hard as the first time, at least for a mostly non-technical climber like me. If you rock climb regularly, it's a piece of cake. The rating on lists of John has been adjusted to 5.3 as Doug thought it was a bit harder than 5.2. Just take your time on the crux. There are plenty of places where you can protect this climb on the west face. A fall on the 5th class section would be bad news, so you must be confident with exposure! Take the time to visit the 2 bumps to the west. The far western one is a very airy perch!
Went back with three fellow climbers and made it up the crux in glorious late afternoon sunshine. Fabulous!
Great hike. Gotta pay attention, a lot of the carins ain't there anymore.
This was a challenging climb. My friend Patrick and I spent several minutes looking for a weakness in the face and found a short 5th class section. We both went one at a time and spotted one another. You should have no problem with this if you climb regularly and can route find. The slabs on the west face should probably be protected if you choose that route. The ranch leads their campers to the top and there are slings near the summit. Great views on a little known peak.