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Ascent Notes for: Mount Hayden (Origional) - 5.7 popular Average Rating = 5.00/5 Average Rating : 5.00/5

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  Difficulty 5.8
  Safety Rating G
  Rock Quality
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Onsight Onsight ascent by: tetons on 2008-09-20 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars S Face Mt. Hayden

Five of us did the S Face in an 11 hr. round trip from Pt. Imperial. The route is a fun climb on decent rock, with very adequate pro. The topo in the Tomasi book is helpful and pretty accurate, though we saw no fixed gear (as on the topo) other than the rap anchors. It's been said many times and it is so true -- the approach/return is the crux, with serious bushwhacking through very thorny New Mexico locust. Wear sturdy pants, long-sleeved shirts, leather gloves, and maintain a burly attitude. Though approach descriptions suggest going north and east from the bathrooms at Pt. Imperial, a quicker way would be to go out to the Point, hop over the railing on the left and head down and left, skirting the left edge of the Coconino cliffs that bar easy access to the Hermit Shale level. This is how we returned and found no cliffs or technical ground by going this way. We also traversed under the east face to reach the south side, though it looked like the west side would be fine, also.
If Hayden were on the rim somewhere it would be extremely popular. As it is, the summit records, starting in 2002, indicated something like 20 ascents or so over the intervening years. Not too crowded, even if some parties made no entries.
The almost constant noise from scenic helicopter flights was the only downer on a super day in a surreal location.

Added: 2008-10-04

Top Rope Top Rope ascent by: chimneysweep on 2005-07-16 (View Climbing Log)

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Added: 2005-07-16

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