This route ascends the center of the east face. (Note: The east face of Windy Peak does not involve the long hike to the south face. The east face is on your right on the way in. See the Urioste book for a nice photo.) Start to the left (south) of a huge pillar/corner in the middle of the east face on a bushy ledge. Pitch 1: Climb a thin crack, then step left to belay (5.8+) Pitch 2: Climb up and left along corners, then up a right facing corner to a ledge with a scrub oak (5.8) Pitch 3: Go up and right past a cave to the top (5.7) Variation: To the left of the cave is a slightly left-leaning hand crack. (5.9-) Descent: Scramble up, then go down and left (south) in a gully. You may need to do a short rappel.
Submitted by: vegastradguy on 2008-03-10
Route ID: 32384
Easy approach. Crux at first pitch, made the next 3 pitches a breeze. Second pitch crux may have been reach-dependent, but being about 6'1" i didn't notice much of a crux there. I superbly enjoyed the airy moves over the arete at the top-out... great view, easily protected, and just plain really fun. The hike down has a couple dicey parts but nothing near as bad as Tunnel Vision/Group Therapy.
My first route with David ....I am sure we will have many more together, fun dude, good times. Cold, cloudy and windy day, but we stuck it out for 2 routes, 6 pitches. Did Hot Fudge Thursday the next day. Good Patriot fan as well, so plenty to talk about.