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Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Original Post - May 11, 2013 - 11:45pm PT
out inda desert ya know, where da prairie falcons go,, and there "aint" no yeller snow



a ways away yet  but the monolithic stature is clear from here.
a ways away yet but the monolithic stature is clear from here.
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a little closer and the crag,, she grows....This is just the far easte...
a little closer and the crag,, she grows....This is just the far eastern edge with the mass out of sight still..
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Rick-rackin^^^^



25' NICE boulder.
25' NICE boulder.
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place has some nifty highballzz to!


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now WHICH way do these things go on!?


nice headwall o roofs and cracks <br/>
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"Monkey man wall"
nice headwall o roofs and cracks

"Monkey man wall"
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nice lookin rock eh?



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Credit: Ron Anderson





Rick on pitch three up da ramp man..



if a look really hard you can see the truck right off the road farrrr ...
if a look really hard you can see the truck right off the road farrrr below.
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mo rock^^^^^



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Headwall of gorgeous granite ^^^


PLATES and CHICKENHEADS!  Pitch 4
PLATES and CHICKENHEADS! Pitch 4
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gettin rid of gear^^



Rick on pitch 4 <br/>
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orrr RickAborealissunburst..
Rick on pitch 4

orrr RickAborealissunburst..
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we got to find a place in the sun!



BOMBER! <br/>
BOMBER!

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old growth sage for summit anchors SAWEEEET!

somehweres in DA GREAT BASIN....
somehweres in DA GREAT BASIN....
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summit Chickenheads^^^^



inda desert on virgin granite at Ricks Rock..2013
inda desert on virgin granite at Ricks Rock..2013
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5 pitches in a wild cool area with magnificent view for 150 miles. In the wilds of Kneevader..


so there...






RyanD

climber
Squamish
May 11, 2013 - 11:50pm PT
Nice one Ron, what's it called?? Oh & how the hell u find it?!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Reply - May 12, 2013 - 12:05am PT
it was discovered by the wandering explorer Rick Sumner. Hes gaining on the like of Alvin Mclane!


No names as yet.
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
May 12, 2013 - 12:14am PT
So that's why you weren't around here today,
glad yer gettin after it again,
how many pitches, 5.?????
Thanks fer takin us along,
Tad
rick sumner

Trad climber
reno, nevada/ wasilla alaska
May 12, 2013 - 12:15am PT
Yes, a most excellent day far from the maddening crowd. We examined all crack systems our route bisected, looking for signs of Nevada's most prolific explorer. Alvin McClane's, previous passage. Not a sign anywhere, i think we were indeed on a crag that no one had previously tread.

The day was on the warm side, 85 degrees and uncomfortable in the direct sun. Fortunately the entire northeast face is shaded from about 12 pm on.So this is was of those rare, way the hell out there in the middle of nowhere Nevada, crags that is climbable all summer long.

And no we aint going to disclose its location until we have completed every 5.3d route on it, unless of course you are of like mind and equally adept on the fearsome 5.3d's.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Reply - May 12, 2013 - 12:23am PT
and when it is divulged, there are many a 5.7D to 5.9Gs in abundance to be had by hard young stoner-masters., i dare say!..

Nary was hoid ,, a discouraging woid,,and yeah we saw antelope too! We were the only humans in sight...
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
May 12, 2013 - 12:32am PT
unless of course you are of like mind and equally adept on the fearsome 5.3d's.
Thats how I roll!
rick sumner

Trad climber
reno, nevada/ wasilla alaska
May 12, 2013 - 12:44am PT
O.K. Hocking, one final test; are you 50 years of age or older and with your best days at least a decade in the past?
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
May 12, 2013 - 12:54am PT
^^^
age,56
best days 30 yrs ago.
Hope I passed the audition.
Hey you guys gunna be able to climb out of bed in the morning? LOL
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
May 12, 2013 - 12:56am PT
Nice work guys. Looks like fun!! Are cripples eligible?? ;)
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Reply - May 12, 2013 - 12:59am PT
not only eligible, but preferred!;-)


edit: Tad, yes we will arise in the am! And you DO seem to fit the criteria put forth.
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
May 12, 2013 - 01:02am PT
Lol ;) you coming to facelift this year Ron?
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Reply - May 12, 2013 - 01:04am PT
Dunno yet--to far off.
10b4me

Ice climber
Soon 2B Arizona
May 12, 2013 - 01:23am PT
Good on you guys
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
May 12, 2013 - 01:29am PT
WOOOT Nice work Rick and Ron.

Secret secret.. I gotta secret.

Glad you guys got the FA Heading out to The coast tomorrow with my dad. See ya in a couple weeks Rick. Hope to see you again Ron.

The ramp? then up to the summit?





Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Reply - May 12, 2013 - 01:31am PT
Aye...;-) The ramp itself is 3 pitches long...

Note to self: BRING descent shoes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
May 12, 2013 - 01:35am PT
Seems like a ton of good stuff there.

Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Reply - May 12, 2013 - 01:53am PT
I do believe you could be correct..


Whats fantastic about wilderness adventure is that starkness of having it ALL to yourself,, for as far as you can see, which is a hunert and fiddy miles.. The treat of prairie falcons circling and nothing or no one- no vehicles, not even a passing plane today. The two Golden eagles seen lazily glided out over the country and that was about the most distraction had. Other than the antelope doe and one single chukar that trotted up the road in front of us...


Poor Rick,, has to go to the Leap area tomorrow,, just about THE opposite of atmosphere from today.;-) But hes tough and the shock will not disway his ventures im sure.
thebravecowboy

Social climber
Colorado Plateau
May 12, 2013 - 03:07am PT
nice TR!

looks like a blast!
sangoma

Trad climber
south africa
May 12, 2013 - 04:06am PT
Hi All ya
My first post but not my first virgin crag
had to climb that one first
had to climb that one first
Credit: sangoma

classic lines all over the place
Credit: sangoma
Credit: sangoma
Credit: sangoma
classic open book
classic open book
Credit: sangoma
another open book , ran out of gear on this one "when in doubt run it ...
another open book , ran out of gear on this one "when in doubt run it out"
Credit: sangoma
mike following me
mike following me
Credit: sangoma
one more down, lots to go
one more down, lots to go
Credit: sangoma

there is lots of this unclimbed stuff around here

Chris
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Peavine Basecamp
May 12, 2013 - 09:20am PT
Poor Rick,, has to go to the Leap area tomorrow,, just about THE opposite of atmosphere from today.;-) But hes tough and the shock will not disway his ventures im sure.

Leap on a Sunday? That does suck.

Although, if you climb the 5.4c climbs or avoid such climbs as that your buddy Dan popularized with blazing feats of solo, you will often find yourself alone.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Reply - May 12, 2013 - 12:41pm PT
perhpas jeebs,, but there is alone and then there is ALONE. Alone on the route doesnt equate to alone on the whole crag and area as far as you can see. And the rock quality is quite NICE.!
ElCapPirate

Big Wall climber
Reno, Nevada
May 12, 2013 - 02:37pm PT
Note to self: BRING descent shoes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Or a parachute, ha ha. That looks totally jumpable. I won't steal your routes, just want to huck my carcass off the top.

PLEASE? I'll bring you some beer.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Reply - May 12, 2013 - 03:23pm PT
We actually discussed you yesterday Ammon, when we drove by a high tension power-tower lol!.. This formation could be tough to base from- the top is a confusion of gendarmes and formations and the main wall is two tiers. To get a clean drop would be most difficult.. We have not explored the entire top of the crag yet though..!
ElCapPirate

Big Wall climber
Reno, Nevada
May 12, 2013 - 04:58pm PT
The summit chickenhead photo sure looks like an exit but would have to throw a rock off and laser it to make certain.

I only need 250' to free fall it or 100' to static it. I could also hang a portaledge somewhere on the face if the summit didn't pan out. I'm sure I could come up with something.

I'm really into exploring new and legal jumps, these days. And if there's good climbing to get to the exit, even better.

Anyway, good on you guys for getting out there and finding new rock.

Cheers!

Edit- Oh, and power towers are great fun to jump. There's one that you can see an arc of electricity every time a jumper leaves the tower and you feel a little shock on the bottom of your feet, ha ha.
The Warbler

climber
the edge of America
May 12, 2013 - 05:39pm PT
Ammon, I think there's a crag or 2 in San Diego that could be based, but nobody's done it.

Eagle Peak is one, possibly El Cajon Mtn, both climbing areas.

ECM with a 100 ft dead vertical headwall, maybe a bit more...
ECM with a 100 ft dead vertical headwall, maybe a bit more...
Credit: The Warbler

A section of Eagle Peak with about 200 ft of free plumb line with a go...
A section of Eagle Peak with about 200 ft of free plumb line with a good jump
Credit: The Warbler
rick sumner

Trad climber
reno, nevada/ wasilla alaska
May 12, 2013 - 09:01pm PT
Hocking, hell yeah you seem to meet all the criteria. Whats your schedule look like. Ron was saying he might be willing to go out again before i leave to AK again before friday. I'm coming back for a week of each month (approx.) this summer and return for winter in Oct.

ClimbSki2, hows it going with your Dad, do you guys want to kick around out there this week? Spotted a fairly good line within our realm.
Fritz

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
May 12, 2013 - 09:05pm PT
Ron & Rick! Thanks for sharing your explorations in kneevada!

Looks like a fun trip and a great time for you gents!
Jebus H Bomz

climber
Peavine Basecamp
May 12, 2013 - 09:08pm PT
perhpas jeebs,, but there is alone and then there is ALONE. Alone on the route doesnt equate to alone on the whole crag and area as far as you can see. And the rock quality is quite NICE.!


Yeah, he's not going to get that there. Nice little crag though, had a good time being "alone" there a few weeks back.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Reply - May 12, 2013 - 09:37pm PT
thanks Fritz, and yeah jeebs,, lots of 10++ to 11 ++ that will most likely still be there waiting fas when we finish with it.


and Ammon,, i suppose you could squeeze a hundred feet out of the extreme left side headwall,, but the landings BLEAK boulder infest slope If you cleared the tiered bottom of the crag.. a huge ledge -ramp leads all the way across it ant an upward angle.
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
May 12, 2013 - 10:16pm PT
Wow Ron, this is great!
I LOVE to see climbing content on a climber's Forum! Who'd a thunk it? And a new place!!

Great content, great fun, Phyl
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
May 12, 2013 - 11:50pm PT
Very nice looking granite, for 5.3d. Maybe you sandbagged it and it is really a 5.4b?
rick sumner

Trad climber
reno, nevada/ wasilla alaska
May 12, 2013 - 11:53pm PT
Not a chance Vitaly, we know are limits.
hillrat

Trad climber
reno, nv
May 12, 2013 - 11:59pm PT
That all looks like good stuff. Still haven't been out to the property there, but one day. Maybe next month. Rick, I'll let you know when I do and maybe stop by to meet ya, if you're around. Still got all those damn pins and haven't got much use out of 'em yet.
rick sumner

Trad climber
reno, nevada/ wasilla alaska
May 13, 2013 - 12:24am PT
I was just thinking about you and your desire for aid practice yesterday Hillrat. There is a classic crack climb there that needs to be aided and cleaned before any attempts to free climb it.

Get back into your greenhouse Rsin. Cant put a name to you but i'm well on the way to figuring your game.
hillrat

Trad climber
reno, nv
May 13, 2013 - 12:54am PT
We really like camping out in Nevada, and have one or two ideas of potential areas to climb out there. Life has been pretty darn busy with the 9mo child and all, trying to fix the old jeep, and a major drunkfest type campout my sis has been putting on for more than 20years coming up in two weeks. After memorial weekend, we should be a little more available.

Looks like you guys are having a ton of fun out there, and it would be a blast to go and just hang out if nothing else, whatever I could help with and/or learn from ya would be great.

Cole

Trad climber
los angeles
May 13, 2013 - 01:44am PT
That's awesome man, rock quality gets me so hard and looks like you've come across a great stash!
Chim-Chim

climber
May 13, 2013 - 11:22am PT
Nice one gents! This one needed a good shave
Credit: Chim-Chim
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Reply - May 13, 2013 - 11:40am PT
Nice Chim,, brush in one hand jam with the other!
Chim-Chim

climber
May 13, 2013 - 11:46am PT
Ron, this area has the second shortest approach at the fords... the Apron being the shortest. Directly above the parkin area for Strangler Cliff. Three minutes... but not so serene. Cars and some camp noise.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Reply - May 13, 2013 - 11:47am PT
keep an eye out for old pin scars..Did a night time aid route there lol! It was DARK so i cant tell you exactly where we were at..
hillrat

Trad climber
reno, nv
May 14, 2013 - 02:02pm PT
any of you dudes around this weekend?
Chim-Chim

climber
May 14, 2013 - 02:15pm PT
Credit: Chim-Chim
Some virgins need more foreplay than others' if you want to jam their crack. Actually only half of my rack is in veiw... I where two gear slings.
Credit: Chim-Chim
Gal

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
May 14, 2013 - 02:23pm PT
Hey I meant to post earlier, looks fun! Glad you're out there finding unclimbed rock ~ awesome.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
May 14, 2013 - 02:32pm PT
And the rock quality is quite NICE.!

Sniff...interesting...

You are my momentary hero, Po Head!
Da_Dweeb

climber
Jun 6, 2013 - 01:24pm PT
Credit: Da_Dweeb

#BBST
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Jun 16, 2013 - 11:23pm PT
More fun today with Rick Sumner at his new Desert crag with Hillrat too.

Picking off more multi pitch 5.3ds. There are also some solid looking harder lines.

Hillrat at pitch 2 of some stuff we climbed to the left of the ramp.


Hillrat and Sumner on some stuff.


Near the top after a more couple pitches of easy fun stuff.





Gal

Trad climber
a semi lucid consciousness
Jun 16, 2013 - 11:45pm PT
Yay for multipitch 5.3's!!!!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 16, 2013 - 11:52pm PT
Nice Dooods,, sooo ho many new "roots" today? Sorry i missed it.. Would have had way more fun than i did here.

T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Jun 17, 2013 - 09:30am PT
Yay for multipitch 5.3's!!!!
+1 WORD!
Way to go guys,
Tad
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 17, 2013 - 10:06am PT
Yes the infamous 5.3Dssss...Often under used rating.. Why do people not use this one more? Ite even easy to say --fivethreedee.... Someday when weve written the guide to all these new wonderful crags o kneevader, there shall be a host of 5.3Ds.. We will bring this under used lonely lil rating to the fore front of climbing mags world wide..Resurrection of the YDS brought to you by Team Basin....
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Jun 17, 2013 - 10:25am PT
Heh. It's a fun catchall rating isn't it :)

Hey Ron we did a couple things to the left of the ramp 4.5 Pitches total.

First effort had me leading a low angle traverse seen in the second pic from yesterday. Gads my confidence on lead is abysmal these days even with stellar pro (I'm pathetic lol). Gotta get out more than a couple times a month. Rick finished that and we backed off a little later when the the route wanted to head directly up cranking on a hollow sounding block/flake. No point to taking any risk who were we trying to impress. John did a nice job retrieving cams backleading.

SO we wandered a couple hundred feet over to the start of the ramp and went up the wall into a left leaning weakness. 4th classish to a sweet little alcove with some interesting chimney and other exit possibilities. Did a couple more pitches above there. More like mountaineering.

Just a perfect weather day out, no one for miles, good views and great company. Good beers waiting at the truck when we got down.

Lots of rock there. Quality seems to vary from decent to excellent. Also plenty of single pitch good looking harder stuff to be had.

Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 17, 2013 - 10:38am PT
Coool ! Yes, no one to complain about dogs, or routes, or well anything! Just the team the rock and unobstructed views, prairie falcons and a chukar or two.. Its a sweet spot eh! Those WOOFS up the ramp look to be b-a-d-a-s-s dont they!? Perfect 5.3D/A 2s lol!
jonnyrig

Trad climber
carson city
Jun 20, 2013 - 02:12am PT
Just to post a picture and say thanks a bunch for taking me along...
Credit: jonnyrig
Credit: jonnyrig
Credit: jonnyrig
Would like to go back and have a look at some more routes out there.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 22, 2013 - 02:02pm PT
Gettin to be THE season of da basin..

I smelll,, victory! Slay the 5.3DEEEEE!


Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Sep 22, 2013 - 02:19pm PT
Nice to see you boys getting out!! Good work! Great to see you on some rock Hillrat and Climb2ski!!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 22, 2013 - 02:21pm PT
we will be assaulting the place soon Big M! 5.3DEES in the cool crisp NV fall air. Only the prairie falcons to witness..
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Sep 22, 2013 - 02:42pm PT
Yeah Ron!! Go git some! Hope to meet you one day soon!!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 22, 2013 - 03:07pm PT
Backatcha man.. Wish i could make it to facelift. but ive got to bust balls paying billz instead.;-) Owz da RECOVERY goin?
Big Mike

Trad climber
BC
Sep 22, 2013 - 03:41pm PT
It's going pretty good. Mobility getting a lot better. Still need more strength training tho! I'm working on it. Managed to dog my way (on tr) up a crimpy 10d the other day. I was bagged after that tho..

I hear ya about work, really i should be collecting nuts for winter too, but after my experience, i knew i needed to attend facelift so i could meet and thank everyone who helped me out.

jonnyrig

Trad climber
formerly known as hillrat
Sep 29, 2013 - 11:12pm PT
Had a Mungetastic (did I spell that right?) time following Rick Sumner up Sumner's Summit just a little NE of Lembert Dome today along with Ron Anderson! Nice little three-pitch FA in the breezy NV autumn air. So much to do, so little time...
Nice lead Mr Sumner!
Good to finally meet you Ron. Hope we can get out there again before the cold really sets in.
Now, for your viewing pleasure...
Credit: jonnyrig
5.3a
5.3a
Credit: jonnyrig
5.3d
5.3d
Credit: jonnyrig
Credit: jonnyrig
The view from here
The view from here
Credit: jonnyrig
untapped potential
untapped potential
Credit: jonnyrig
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HRKRNH
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 29, 2013 - 11:30pm PT
Good to meet you JohnnyRig! Yes it was a day among the never crowded great basin.. Head winds all the way back, tail winds all the way out. And in between a little more wind.. The clouds sailing by like water over the top of the crag was special too! Ya done good and you have some MASSIVE cams..
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Sep 29, 2013 - 11:44pm PT
Damn it,
When do I get to tag along with the 5.3d team, I passed the audition up thread and everything. I couldn't have made this expedition, just returned from a trip to Maine, but would dig bein a belay slave for future forays.
Looks like you gents had a good time at Sumners Secret Crag, way cool!
Tad
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HRKRNH
Topic Author's Reply - Sep 29, 2013 - 11:46pm PT
Tad we will be at it again out there sometime in the latter half of Oct- we will get hold of you..5.3Ds await...;-)
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
Sep 30, 2013 - 12:08am PT
Thanks Ron,
I still owe ya a Cannabis Crags tour, some 5.3d's await there as well.
Maybe drag Rick along with us if he wants.
Let me know when you guys set a date.
Glad you guys got after it,
Tad
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Sep 30, 2013 - 12:43am PT
Nice work guys!

A little NE of Lembert.. good one.. accurate In a way. Although if you look at the map it's actually almost due north,
wilbeer

Mountain climber
honeoye falls,ny.greeneck alleghenys
Sep 30, 2013 - 06:24am PT
Nice TR,Ron,Rick.
Looks like a great area,good to be away from the crowds.
It is pretty easy back east here also.[unless you are going to the gunks]
TFPU. Wilbeer
jonnyrig

Trad climber
formerly known as hillrat
Nov 11, 2013 - 12:09pm PT
Yo dudes...
found the road to the towers...
Credit: jonnyrig
this is the overhanging one, that catches your eye from a distance. Th...
this is the overhanging one, that catches your eye from a distance. The overhang is on the left, but not nearly so pronounced from this angle
Credit: jonnyrig
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 11, 2013 - 01:01pm PT
Did you approach?
jonnyrig

Trad climber
formerly known as hillrat
Nov 11, 2013 - 01:08pm PT
No, we had a time constraint. The road gets to within maybe half a mile and ends at a guzzler.
The little climbing we did was up canyon from Rick,s rock.

The towers look composed of chossy broken volcanic layers, but there may be a hidden route or two there. Hope to go back sometime this month.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 11, 2013 - 01:18pm PT
might be like the top out to corrugation corner!!
jonnyrig

Trad climber
formerly known as hillrat
Nov 11, 2013 - 01:26pm PT
theres another big slabby tower thing to the nw as well, and this stuff all looks like maybe three pitch max, but theres quite a bit of it. Thinkin pins and small cams, but of course i wasnt anywhere close enough to guess.

Thought it,d be fun to climb the south face, rap off to the saddle, then link it to the s face of the next n ridge, which should be the top. In reality, halfway up the s tower would probably be an astonishing victory in my own mind. heh heh

Oh,and the low res photos are taken with the phone cam held on the eyepiece of low-cost mini binocs, so they suck.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 11, 2013 - 01:29pm PT
I do believe getting up that tower then OFF that tower would be a full on project of a day.. Lest you be eaten by a lion...



edit: LOL,, GUD ZOOM technique!
jonnyrig

Trad climber
formerly known as hillrat
Nov 11, 2013 - 01:58pm PT
So, here's what we did yesterday... nonspectacular ascent of the little slab upcanyon from Rick's find.
Linked a single pitch decomposed chute with super poor pro and lots of loose junk out of the right canyon. I'd call it maybe 5.3. One nut I placed fell out, but even had it stayed I doubt it would have caught me.
Then some part slab climbing to a belay ledge above a table-sized detched flake, and the second pitch of that face was a nice hand/fist crack to the top with easy pro and better rock.
first part looks longer than it was, 2nd and 3rd look shorter than the...
first part looks longer than it was, 2nd and 3rd look shorter than they were. You could entirely skip the chute and just hike right up to the slabby face at left/center.
Credit: jonnyrig
looking up into the chute
looking up into the chute
Credit: jonnyrig
looking down on the 2nd pitch &#40;or 1st if you skip the chute&#41;
looking down on the 2nd pitch (or 1st if you skip the chute)
Credit: jonnyrig
looking down at the third pitch &#40;or 2nd if you skip the chute&#41;
looking down at the third pitch (or 2nd if you skip the chute)
Credit: jonnyrig
old growth
old growth
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