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High Sierra Climbing 2nd Edition

Author: Chris McNamara and McKenzie Long
Routes  40 (click to see the complete route list)
Difficulty: 3rd Class -5.11c
Pages: 234 pages
Edition: 2nd edition, June 2013 


Key Highlights

c 14 more routes than the first edition
c Full color
c 60+ color action photos and route photos
c Now including snow routes
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New classic moderates fun for all skill levels


High Sierra Climbing Second Edition includes 40 of the best High Sierra alpine climbs ranging in difficulty from 3rd class to 5.11c. Most of these climbs are well-protected, 10-15 pitches long, and ascend some of the best alpine granite anywhere. Whether you plan to scramble up the 3rd class East Ridge of Mt. Russell, climb the 5.7 East Face of Mt. Whitney, or ascend the epic 18-pitch Sun Ribbon Arête, our guidebook will ensure you spend minimum time getting off-route and maximum time enjoying the climb.

14 New routes in the 2nd Edition:
- North Ridge of Lone Pine Peak
- Mithral Dihedral on Mount Russell
- Swiss Arete on Mt. Sill
- U Notch on North Palisade
- West Face of Cardinal Pinnacle
- Southeast Face of Mt. Emerson
- East Arete of Mount Humphreys
- North Buttress of Merriam Peak
- Southeast Face of Petite Griffon
- North Arete of Crystal Crag
- Southeast Face of Clyde Minaret
- Southeast Glacier Route on Mt. Ritter
- Extended Traverse on Matthes Crest
- Northeast Couloir on North Peak

Features available in both Print Books and eBooks:  
most accurate & detailed topos ever!
first ascent history
USGS maps for each climb
photos of the start of each route

approach and descent photos
detailed approach and descent beta
backcountry camping info
strategy and retreat beta

 

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Complete List of Included Climbs
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Route Name Formation Review
Mt. Whitney - Mountaineer's Route 3rd class - High Sierra, California USA. Click for details.
Mountaineer's Route
3rd class, Mt. Whitney

The route disappears behind the ridge and follows the gully to the summit.
Photo:Chris McNamara
Mt. Whitney
N/A
3rd class
2 Star Rating
Mt. Russell - East Ridge 3rd class - High Sierra, California USA. Click for details.
East Ridge
3rd class, Mt. Russell

The route as seen from the summit of Whitney.
Photo:Chris McNamara
Mt. Russell
N/A
3rd class
4 Star Rating
Mt. Ritter - Southeast Glacier Route 3rd Class - High Sierra, California USA. Click for details.
Southeast Glacier Route
3rd Class, Mt. Ritter

Mt Ritter and Banner Peak overview.
Photo:McKenzie Long
Mt. Ritter
N/A
3rd Class
3 Star Rating
North Peak - Northeast Couloir AI 2 4th Class - High Sierra, California USA. Click for details.
Northeast Couloir
AI 2 4th Class, North Peak

The Northeast Couloir of North Peak.
Photo:Dan Mingori
North Peak
N/A
AI 2 4th Class
4 Star Rating
Laurel Mountain - Northeast Gully 5.2 - High Sierra, California USA. Click for details.
Northeast Gully
5.2, Laurel Mountain

The route as seen from Convict Lake.
Photo:Chris McNamara
Laurel Mountain
N/A
5.2
3 Star Rating
North Palisade - U Notch Couloir III AI 2 5.2 - High Sierra, California USA. Click for details.
U Notch Couloir
III AI 2 5.2, North Palisade

U Notch in Yellow (V Notch in Red)
Photo:Ryan Crochiere
North Palisade
N/A
III AI 2 5.2
4 Star Rating
Eichorn's Pinnacle - North Face 5.4 - Tuolumne Meadows, California USA. Click for details.
North Face
5.4, Eichorn's Pinnacle

The unreal summit of Eichorn Pinnacle.
Photo:Randy Spurrier
Eichorn's Pinnacle
1
5.4
4 Star Rating
Mt. Emerson - Southeast Face 5.4 - High Sierra, California USA. Click for details.
Southeast Face
5.4, Mt. Emerson

Overview of Mount Emerson, Mount Humphreys and Basin Mountain.
Photo:Luke Lydiard
Mt. Emerson
N/A
5.4
4 Star Rating
Tenaya Peak - Northwest Buttress 5.5 - Tuolumne Meadows, California USA. Click for details.
Northwest Buttress
5.5, Tenaya Peak


Photo:Greg Barnes
Tenaya Peak
14
5.5
4 Star Rating
Bear Creek Spire - Northeast Ridge 5.5 - High Sierra, California USA. Click for details.
Northeast Ridge
5.5, Bear Creek Spire

The route as seen from above Dade Lake.
Photo:Chris McNamara
Bear Creek Spire
N/A
5.5
4 Star Rating
Lone Pine Peak - North Ridge 5.5 - High Sierra, California USA. Click for details.
North Ridge
5.5, Lone Pine Peak

The North Ridge of Lone Pine Peak.
Photo:Dan Mingori
Lone Pine Peak
N/A
5.5
3 Star Rating
Mt. Humphreys - East Arete 5.5 - High Sierra, California USA. Click for details.
East Arete
5.5, Mt. Humphreys

Overview of Mount Emerson, Mount Humphreys and Basin Mountain.
Photo:Luke Lydiard
Mt. Humphreys
N/A
5.5
4 Star Rating
Cathedral Peak - Southeast Buttress 5.6 - Tuolumne Meadows, California USA. Click for details.
Southeast Buttress
5.6, Cathedral Peak

One of the finest routes in Tuolumne Meadows.
Photo:Greg Barnes
Cathedral Peak
5
5.6
5 Star Rating
Mt. Conness - West Ridge 5.6 - Tuolumne Meadows, California USA. Click for details.
West Ridge
5.6, Mt. Conness

One of Tuolumne's finest ridge climbs.
Photo:Greg Barnes
Mt. Conness
12
5.6
5 Star Rating
Mt. Conness - North Ridge 5.6 - Tuolumne Meadows, California USA. Click for details.
North Ridge
5.6, Mt. Conness


Photo:Chris McNamara
Mt. Conness
12
5.6
4 Star Rating
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