Fin Register, Castle Rocks in Sequoia National Park

Search
Go

Discussion Topic

Return to Forum List
Post a Reply
Messages 1 - 20 of total 21 in this topic << First  |  < Previous  |  Show All  |  Next >  |  Last >>
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Topic Author's Original Post - Jul 21, 2013 - 03:42pm PT
I have pictures from the original papers on the Fin out at Castle Rocks in Sequoia. Figured I'd put them on here because there were some supertopo names and others might be interested. The pages are virtually destroyed but hopefully now the history won't get lost or die with my computer.

Placed a new register with a little book and left the old pages out there.

They're basically in order but some pages had dates that didn't line up. Sorry I didn't capture them very well but I was in a hurry.

Credit: limpingcrab
Credit: limpingcrab
Credit: limpingcrab
Credit: limpingcrab
Credit: limpingcrab
Credit: limpingcrab
Credit: limpingcrab
Credit: limpingcrab
Credit: limpingcrab
Credit: limpingcrab
Credit: limpingcrab
Credit: limpingcrab
Credit: limpingcrab

-Daniel
hairyapeman

Trad climber
Fres-yes
Jul 21, 2013 - 05:44pm PT
You should call the number!
Mungeclimber

Trad climber
Nothing creative to say
Jul 21, 2013 - 05:48pm PT
totally call the number (the "new" one).

fun read, TFPU
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 22, 2013 - 01:23pm PT
One bump for SEKI folks before it drifts off for good. Looks like only 7 ascents of Silver Lining?

Last chance to prank call Laeger or Carson!
Alois

Trad climber
Idyllwild, California
Jul 22, 2013 - 01:40pm PT
Wow, This brings back a few memories. I wonder how many ascents the Silver Lining has now, cannot believe only seven? What a wonderful climb, what a place. Thanks for posting this. Both CRS and the Fin should be on everyone's list. Cheers, Alois.
del cross

climber
Jul 22, 2013 - 01:50pm PT
Thanks for taking the time. I regretted that we didn't bother to snap photos of those decaying pages.

Not that it matters, but I count 8 (reported) ascents of SA, or 9 if you add Miguel and Alois's bail from the top of pitch 6 to the ascent of the last three pitches by Curtis and Ruddy: a 26 year long tag team ascent?

Kinda surprised nobody has climbed The Fin (or at least reported doing so) in over 7 years.
Alois

Trad climber
Idyllwild, California
Jul 22, 2013 - 03:45pm PT
Nobody in 7 years? I guess either the route is so obscure that people just don't know what a high quality climbing there is on it, or the activity is going in another direction and people are not interested in these backcountry classics..
For me those two climbs were some of the best trips I have ever done.

I was in the area just three weeks ago hiking the High Sierra Trail and seeing CRS and the Fin was wonderful.
mike a.

Sport climber
ca
Jul 22, 2013 - 03:50pm PT
super cool stuff, thanks for sharing :-), cheers mike a.
Alois

Trad climber
Idyllwild, California
Jul 22, 2013 - 03:52pm PT
BTW regarding the phone number, Miguel, Bob Lindgren and I got to the top of the Fin just a few days after the FA of Silver Lining. Miguel called Herb and talked to him about our attempts from Mineral King. Herb assured Miguel that MK approach was a lost proposition. That number was Herb's place in LA, he has not lived there in years.
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 22, 2013 - 04:20pm PT
Herb assured Miguel that MK approach was a lost proposition

Hmmm... I've never done the lower approach so I can't judge which way is better (or less terrible), but I didn't think the MK approach is that bad. With full packs it took 4 hr 15 minutes to camp last time, which was about half an hour from the fin.

The draw for me was that the MK approach has no poison oak and virtually no bush whacking, just a 7 mile walk through the forest with a bit of scrambling at the end. I also dammed up the seeps so there are two little pools to pump from. Pump one dry for about two gallons, pump the other one and by the time you're done the first has filled up again so it's endless water. They've been there on June, July, August and September trips.

I'm planning on going in from below on a day hike with Ren one of these days. He has that route pretty well down and can avoid much of the PO. Either way those rocks are far enough to deter most people, and I think approaches are getting less popular.
QITNL

climber
Jul 22, 2013 - 05:17pm PT
Thanks for the shots. I linked this thread here:

Digitizing Summit Registers For Web Access
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=1592918&tn=0
Alois

Trad climber
Idyllwild, California
Jul 22, 2013 - 05:19pm PT
Don't forget that going from MK you'll end up on top of the Fin. These days, the rap route just might be the way to go to the base, but when we were looking around the place all those years ago, there were no known routes on the Fin.
Maybe EC Joe might remember, (I think he did the 2nd ascent of Silver Lining) if the rap route was there when he did it. It was not on the original home made drawing that Herb made for Miguel and we found it only after we finished the climb.
For CRS, going from the top is less practical. The steep gully that must be descended would be a tough climb back up. For CRS and IMO the Kaweah River approach is the way to go...
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 22, 2013 - 05:41pm PT
Thanks "quiet is the new loud"

Alois, ya I didn't think about the fact that you guys were there before the rap route. There's a new one that can be done with one 70m using mostly trees with a couple of anchors that I posted a picture of on here:
http://www.supertopo.com/tr/64-Years-After-Salath-Finishing-the-First-Attempted-Route-On-Castle-Rock-Spire/t12038n.html

Either way, descending that gully would definitely suck, it was annoying enough to go UP!

You probably know better than I which route is the way to go, I've only done the upper. Of course, I might walk from Whitney Portal if it meant I could avoid poison oak! :)

Still itching to go climb silver lining and put my name next to all of yours...
Levy

Big Wall climber
So Cal
Jul 22, 2013 - 06:14pm PT
Way cool to see my register entry from way back in 1990! We did a free ascent of the CRS regular route the next day. Silver Lining is comparable to Fairview dome in terms of length, steepness & commitment. I have a few photos from that trip I'll try to post up. I would go back again as the experience & solitude were amazing.
guyman

Social climber
Moorpark, CA.
Jul 22, 2013 - 07:10pm PT
The Silver Lining rap has some flaws, mostly a rope eating flake.

I think it was like the 3rd or 4th rap, Kris saw it and had me walk out right on a dike, for about 30 feet, and pull it down.

Need to move the bolts, next time someone is out doing the ASCA deal....Ha


Queston for CRAB... I read the TR but I don't understand how you got from above the FIN/CRS to down into the gully between the two? And back out after you did the new climb?

And do you still have "The CRS Buzz" ... it lasted about 6 months for me.

:>)

Credit: guyman

PO Death March secret formula.
Levy

Big Wall climber
So Cal
Jul 22, 2013 - 07:32pm PT
Thanks Guyzo, that's one of the shots I was gonna search for. Man 23 years have left me bald, fat & surly. Arrrgh!
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Topic Author's Reply - Jul 22, 2013 - 07:57pm PT
Ya I kinda skimmed over that part.

Credit: limpingcrab
We spent most of our first trip setting up and figuring out this rap down the fin. It hits the gully right across from the spire and can BARELY be done with one 70m rope.


Credit: limpingcrab
This was our approximate exit. On our second try it went pretty smooth, that very top part had the worst of the bush whacking. Really fun after a tiring day of climbing!


And ya, I've still got the CRS buzz. I used to get anxious every time I looked up there, now I can just smile and enjoy the view
mooch

Trad climber
Old Climbers' Home (Adopted)
Nov 15, 2013 - 07:11pm PT
So do I! Still stuff to be done out there....
Lynne Leichtfuss

Sport climber
moving thru
Nov 15, 2013 - 07:28pm PT
Cheers for what you did. It's never convenient, but it matters.
T H

Boulder climber
extraordinaire
Nov 15, 2013 - 09:56pm PT
op's TR to follow ... (Godamnit!)
Messages 1 - 20 of total 21 in this topic << First  |  < Previous  |  Show All  |  Next >  |  Last >>
Return to Forum List
Post a Reply
 
Our Guidebooks
Check 'em out!
SuperTopo Guidebooks


Try a free sample topo!

 
SuperTopo on the Web

Review Categories
Recent Trip Report and Articles
Recent Route Beta
Recent Gear Reviews