Ascent Notes for: Hot Fudge Thursday -
Average Rating : 3.86/5
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Good option for cold winter days: all south-facing and somewhat arduous approach and descent. Route works your feet with the slab; the exception is the start of p3--very steep off the chimney. Swapped leads on this route in blocks and we were able to do the entire outing quickly but without rushing, despite a not-early start. Beautiful descent; those remote backcountry canyons in RR always yield amazing sandstone colors.
Quality route. Good for a windy cold day, as it's south facing and somewhat sheltered from the north wind. Approach by following the trail on the slope left of the large, tree-filled gully, then up to the apron right below the climbs. Expect almost twice the approach to Crimson. There are cairns starting at a box-shaped cairn near the beginning of the steep uphill hike. The route starts at the bottom of a V where two brushy slopes at the base of the cliff meet at a gnarled old pine tree. Don't make the mistake we made of going up the obvious crack you see from the apron 30' up the left slope of the V.
If you find your way to the start of the climb....the ledge with two old gnarled pine tress.. this route starts just left of the furtherstmost pine...not the first one..both pines have cracks the arise up the face...the first one is windy corner (has the obvious ledge traveres) approx. 80 feet up the first pitch....
A fun day out, got up early. Started snowing as we finished the 2nd pitch, kept up until we hit the summit. Good stuff!!!
Witnessed by: larryd