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SSinner

Trad climber
New Paltz, NY
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 16, 2012 - 08:56pm PT
Hoping to climb it by the end of July or early August. I just climbed the SE face of Clyde and really want to get back out there.

Plans are to bivy out there the night before, climb it in a day, probably bivy again, and hike out in the morning. I've been living and training around Mammoth for almost 2 months so I'm fit and acclimated. Call or ask for me in Stellar Brew. Thanks.

Scott
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sethsquatch76

Trad climber
Joshua tree ca
Jul 16, 2012 - 09:20pm PT
Beautiful objective! choose your partner wisely. we did 9 summits, got tired of feeling like we were going to die.......failed
SSinner

Trad climber
New Paltz, NY
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 16, 2012 - 09:25pm PT
What caused issues for you? Loose rock? Or just the nature of such a long objective? I've been running and soloing easy 5th like mad recently so I believe I'm ready for it, as long as the rock's not of frighteningly low-quality.
sethsquatch76

Trad climber
Joshua tree ca
Jul 16, 2012 - 09:30pm PT
Frighteningly low quality. The blocks are solid in and of themselves, but attached to nothing. Croft said it was one of the hardest things he ever did...... He was so tired he got lost on the hike out.........
sethsquatch76

Trad climber
Joshua tree ca
Jul 16, 2012 - 09:38pm PT
Don't get me wrong, i wish you all the best. just know what you are getting into.Clyde is nothing in comparison. Only been done a handful of times i believe......
khanom

Trad climber
The Dessert
Jul 16, 2012 - 10:34pm PT
What other traverses have you done?
apogee

climber
Technically expert, safe belayer, can lead if easy
Jul 16, 2012 - 11:50pm PT
"...as long as the rock's not of frighteningly low-quality."

What Seth said. The Minarets are right up there with Temple Crag in the scary-fractured-loose-death-block category. Keep an eye out for Walter Starr...

With care & finesse, you'll have a great adventure. Be sure to post a TR.
ß Î Ø T Ç H

Boulder climber
bouldering
Jul 17, 2012 - 12:15am PT
Stoked for you. There is definitly some good prospects on the forum. I'd love to see this go down.
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Jul 17, 2012 - 12:42am PT
I got freaked on the Minarets after doing Clyde, which is about as good as it gets there. Had a partner pull a large block onto himself on the descent. Really bad scene. Be careful out there.
marty(r)

climber
beneath the valley of ultravegans
Jul 17, 2012 - 01:09am PT
I have some history back there and just might be able to sneak away. Ken, Clyde, Michael, and Bedayn are all stellar. For what it's worth the Minarets are not the volcanic exploding inevitable that it's reputed to be.

I'll give you a call in the morning.
Inner City

Trad climber
East Bay
Jul 17, 2012 - 01:58am PT
The taco abides..
Fluoride

Trad climber
West Los Angeles, CA
Jul 17, 2012 - 01:58am PT
I've had a couple of partners who have tried it and bailed cause it's so damn loose.
klk

Trad climber
cali
Jul 17, 2012 - 02:05am PT
such a cool lookin rig.

one of the nicest profiles in the states.

go get it

Sonic

Trad climber
Boulder, CO
Jul 17, 2012 - 09:11am PT
Lookup Fossana..."Apple saved my life on Evolution Traverse" TR

She had talked about doing it, but she'd probably want solo. Last I climbed with her she was in Eldo, but had talked about moving back to bishop. She's solid and awesome
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev.
Jul 17, 2012 - 10:24am PT
Have done the clyde - a trav of all summits would be a notable achievement. If your used to loose granite, they are one degree worse. My buddies were back there a while back, encountered a party trying the clyde on their way up- passed them up, summited, descended and was back at camp while said party was STILL lost and trying to gain the clyde. thngs can get a wee cornfusing up there it seems.
TwistedCrank

climber
Dingleberry Gulch, Ideeho
Jul 17, 2012 - 11:02am PT
More thatn 1/2 the adventure is in route finding, the rest is mere climbing.

I've not done the full traverse but have done most of it in various segments.Spent plenty of time wandering around the myriad of gullies, ledges, cul-de-sacs, teetering and blocky this, that, and the other things.

I had one of the more thrilling thunder and lightening sessions back there. Chucked my ice axe as far away from me as I could, given that it was the most metalic thing I had and that it was supporting the tube tent I was cowering in.

Special place, the Minarets.
Gary

climber
"My god - it's full of stars!"
Jul 17, 2012 - 11:07am PT
A friend quit climbing after watching her partner pull a refrigerator off of Clyde. She had to dulfersitz off ratty slings. Gave away her climbing gear to the first people she saw on the way to find a ranger.

Be careful.
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