West Face

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Colorado, United States, North America
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West Face
Created On: Sep 24, 2005
Last Edited On: Sep 26, 2005


Follow the getting there directions on the main page.

Route Description

From the trail along Mills Lake, bushwack toward a prominent gully on the mountain's west face. It may be easier with snow on the ground. Climbing the gully will also be easier with snow. The route gets technical just past the treeline. There are about 5-6 pitches. Protection is necessary for all but the most experienced. The crux of the route is a section close to the top where holds get smaller. Rock shoes will make higher sections much easier, but the route is climbable in boots - all of us were wearing plastic boots. I would recommend descending via the Northeast Ridge and using the North Longs trail for the walkout.

Essential Gear

Rope, webbing, harnesses, helmets, snowshoes/poles. Rock shoes will make the more technical sections easier. Crampons/axe may be required below and just above treeline if snow is hard packed. Get an early start to avoid afternoon weather patterns.

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West Face

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