A less crowded alternative to the regular NW face. Hauling is easier and the bivy ledges are better. It's harder though, and the quality of the rock isn't nearly as good. A more wall-like atmoshphere and view of the main face are rewards. It wasn't hard to do clean with lots of hooks. C3?
Submitted by: karlbaba on 2002-07-30
Route ID: 21228
We went light and did this route with one bivy on the wall (using one pad and two bivy bags--no sleeping bags). This has a much different feel from El Cap routes--very alpine. The rock isn't the best--watch out while belaying! Our rope got a big goby after a rock fell on it right beside me. Definitely don't need a hammer.