South Face 5.8
Trip ReportSouth Face, Charlotte Dome Photo TR.......Showin' Some Love!
You want love?......you REALLY want some lovin' in the form of pure granite bliss via The Classic South Face (5.8 )........???
YOU GOT IT!!!
Here's the short story:
Deb heading past Bullfrog Lake after descending from Kersarge Pass
After passing Charlotte Lake, this is the crossing of its outlet to the west
"Dats duh dome.......Dummy! (Deb having a hairdo malfunction....sorry Babe :)
Gorgeous flowers were encountered as we headed up to the "secret" campsite
And, no, we didn't have any issues finding it. Simply start up from the trailhead early, read the Supertopo approach directions (we came in from the east) and prepare to be thrilled by the site itself and the amazing spring!
OK, time to climb. Deb and I simul'd the first 5 pitches before pitching it out. Here's Deb on Pitch #6....The Slot Pitch, considered the crux of the route.
Deb making her way up higher on the Slot Pitch
That cool chick, some know as 'Rockcritter' (aka Mrs. Mooch), taking it in at the top of the Slot Pitch (Kings Canyon in the background)
Me cleaning up the belay before heading up Pitch #7
Deb enjoying the steep yet uber-fun Furrows Pitch (#10)
A view looking east, up the Charlotte Creek drainage, from Pitch 10. Pretty sure that's Mount Rixford in the background.
Deb nearing the top of the Furrows pitch with the sun in her eyes.......poor ting!
Mr. and Mrs. Mooch enjoying the moment near the top of the summit. 'Course, you can see who wears the cam in the family. (bah dum dum!)
Deb poses just below the summit's west side with questionable clouds moving in.
As we headed out the next day, we spotted the moon hangin' over the top of Charlotte. Very cool!
Looking back at Charlotte Dome as we headed out for a drreaded slog to Kersarge Pass.....miles away :P Again, we never found ourselves lost in manzanita. Gotta keep a keen eye out for the good climbers trail
Deb slogging up the west side of Kersarge Pass. "Anyone have a cold Diet Pepsi I can mooch?"
There you have it........lovin' it up on Charlotte Dome!
NOW GET OUT THERE AND DO THIS CLASSIC DOME!!!!
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