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...
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..
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!
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.
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 they were. You could entirely skip the chute and just hike right up to the slabby face at left/center.
looking up into the chute
looking down on the 2nd pitch (or 1st if you skip the chute)
looking down at the third pitch (or 2nd if you skip the chute)