Detailed topo here
7-9 pitches, depending on how you climb it. P1: 4th class slab to 5.8 thin hands P2: 5.8 hand/fist crack in a corner. Traverse left to a ledge to belay. (P1&P1 can be linked if you solo the 4th class slab and belay at the ledge just before the 5.8 tight hands pitch) P3: Look for a piton in the face to the left and traverse past it and into a chimney. Supplement the piton with the available placement just below and right of it. Either chimney (looks hard!) or climb the face (protected w/ TCUs) left of the chimney to a loose section of easy rock. Sling a boulder just below the big tower on the left for a belay. P4: A short, loose pitch leads to a ledge just below a steep, thin crack pitch. P5: Lead up the thin cracks in the corner to a ledge. P6: lead up the crack system in the chimney to a belay above. (P5 & P6 can be linked). P7: Follow easy 5th class terrain up the ridge to the right of the big tower to a talus covered ledge. P8: Climb up and left in cracks to a tunnel through to a big ledge. P9: Climb steep cracks straight up the ridge then to a mantle on to the summit or head left to easier terrain and miss out on the awesome topout!
Submitted by: trenchdigger on 2005-08-15
Route ID: 68900
This was my first alpine route in the Sierras after I moved to CA and I was afraid it was representative. Luckily, I have found that most other Sierras classics are worlds better. This route has some good views and positions, but the rock quality is quite poor.