Third Pillar of Dana - Am I going to die?


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Topic Author's Reply - Aug 19, 2009 - 09:56am PT
another photo; above mentioned airy belay on flake with marginal gear for an anchor


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The High And Lonely
Sep 18, 2009 - 06:10pm PT
Sierra bump
Captain...or Skully

Social climber
Idaho, also. Sorta, kinda mostly, Yeah.
Sep 18, 2009 - 08:25pm PT
Hey, RockerMike's not dead bump..........WooHoo!!
The Wedge

Boulder climber
Bishop, CA
Sep 18, 2009 - 08:33pm PT
man i am so going to solo that thing. I guided it 8 times one year. Never got tired of doing that rt. Never did it this year..yet.

May not die, just a lot of boulder problem cruxes with ankle breaking potiental.
Captain...or Skully

Social climber
Idaho, also. Sorta, kinda mostly, Yeah.
Sep 18, 2009 - 10:13pm PT
Oh, you're Still SO goin' to die, man.
Forgot to add that.
See Ya!
The Chief

Trad climber
From the Land where Mogols still roam!
Sep 18, 2009 - 10:40pm PT
Holy Batman/Robin trouser eaters!

It's just another route fur God's sake, that's all...just another frkn route in the Sierra.

I say get on the NB of Merriam for a true test of yur testi/ovary mettle. A true Clevenger/Harrington BC 5.10+ Classic!

Oh yeah, getting there is half the gig/challenge. No mules allowed either.

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Green Cove slabbage BITD!
May 9, 2010 - 06:38pm PT
Nice topo. You must be a very strong climber. Color me impressed.

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PortaLedga OnzaKaleefa
Jul 10, 2011 - 10:50pm PT
Yeah, nice topo The Chief. A Clevenger & Harrington classic for sure!

TPoD is one of my favorite memories, climbs, places from way back when. Go early, catch the sunrise, and hang for the sunset alpenglow!

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PortaLedga OnzaKaleefa
Jul 11, 2011 - 12:35am PT

d00d^^^^deleted his question!

Why not?

It is one of the most beautiful views in all the Sierra. It catches the sunrise over the White Mts., and the alpenglow in the evening. I'm a photogragpher, so I'm interested in capturing those moments, but the experience itself is remembered for a life time. I would recomend leaving early anyway because it's a relitively long approach.

Everybody is in a hurry these days. So gripped and focused on just the climb/climbing, checking the tic list. If I were going to do it again, I would hike up sometime in the mid afternoon, and set up a tent, kick back and be up before the climb and then head down. It's just a unique spot with personal memories. It can be windy up there though(on the plateau).

And if you can time it to correspond with a full moon rising over the Whites, then it is really glorious.

edit: special memories in that two of my good friends, who were climbers, ashes were laid to rest in the Dana Couloir.

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jul 11, 2011 - 05:31am PT
Gotta be the most talked about 4 pitch route in the Country. I thought you had a lot of options regarding multi-pitch climbs in California? Must have been mistaken.

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Mountain View
Jul 11, 2011 - 07:55am PT
Nice route, tons of fun and years since I did it. Repeat needed.

Regarding Merriam....5.10+???

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Central Coast, California
Jul 11, 2011 - 08:50am PT
Did the 3rd Pillar this last Saturday under beautiful conditions. The approach had some snow, but easily doable in approach shoes. It was my first 5.10 lead and I loved every minute of it! Ill throw a trip report up later but hereís two photos.

3rd Pillar Overview
3rd Pillar Overview
Credit: Sonic
This one is the overview of the pillar. Such great Rock!!!!!

Death Flake
Death Flake
Credit: Sonic
Hereís the death flake on pitch 4! Itís either 10a fingers to the left or a 5.8 Flaring/Ow to the right. We went right and it was interesting!

Personally, pitch 4 was easier than pitch 5.
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