Ascent Notes for: Southern Arete -
Average Rating : 5.00/5
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amazing climb. don't under estimate it though. we thought we were fast........we were wrong.
I loved this route and will definitely do it again. It's a great adventure and it gets you waaay up there. Despite a fair amount of choss, almost all the climbing is really fun, and the route consistently gets steeper and more spectacular the higher you go. It feels like climbing a mountain rather than simply a big cliff. We both thought the offwidth move by the tube chock was the route crux--I barely eeked through on TR. It has great pro though (but the route as a whole is pretty serious). Took us just under 9 hours to do the climb, with about 1.5 for the approach and a little over an hour for the hike back to camp. This would be a good climb to do if you've done the Scenic Cruise and want to do another grade V 5.10 in the Black, just don't come expecting the same high quality rock.
Witnessed by: Josh Janes (jsj42)
As Josh said, another a$$ kicking in the Black. He pretty well summed it up. The only thing I can add is why do I keep going back?.... 'cause its the Black. I'm sure there are more mini-epics waiting there for me.
Witnessed by: Josh Thompson
Another A$$ kicking in the black.
Dehydration, route finding problems, getting lost in the woods- would it be the black without alittle epic thrown in?
We were to wasted to send the upper crux pitch's- the french may have something going here. A good day.
Witnessed by: Jeff Bevan