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East Ridge - 5.6 popular

Average Rating = 4.67/5 Average Rating : 4.67 out of 5
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Consensus Ratings
  Difficulty 5.6
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure 4.33/5
  Rock Quality 4.33/5
  Scenery 4.67/5
  Fun Factor 4.67/5

Description:

Gain the sidewalk ledge between Wolf's Head and Tiger Tower via a number of options (slabs below WH are reported to be 5.4-ish.) Weave your way through the towers of WH, and a bit of simul-climbing on easy 5.0 terrain brings you to the summit block. A complicated series of raps and walk offs takes you to the base. See the guidebook or summitpost.org for descent details.

Submitted by: reno on 2005-08-28
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Route ID: 69218

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Ratings
  Difficulty 5.6
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: lucander on 2009-08-05 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars Wolf's Head

A really fun route, kind of like a classic Sierra traverse but with more bugs. Approached via Tiger Tower, the gully is 3 pitches of 3rd-very easy 5th class climbing that allows one to remain dry when the ledge appoach is seeping. Once again, another bad rc.com route description - I'd update it but the user who takes 20 minutes to do so gets no credit...

Added: 2009-08-18

Ratings
  Difficulty 5.6
  Safety Rating PG13
  Exposure
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  Scenery
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Onsight Onsight ascent by: gforce on 2006-08-06 (View Climbing Log)

4 out of 5 stars Tiger Tower

We opted to climb Tiger Tower/East Ridge in hopes of beating a few groupes that had started ahead of us to the side walk portion of Wolfs Head

Added: 2008-10-16

Ratings
  Difficulty 5.6
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure
  Rock Quality
  Scenery
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: dlTOm on 1997-08-07 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars Wolfs Head epic

Great route, makes for a long day in the mountains at an easy grade--exactly what I'm after, and this one is better than most routes! Spectacular knife-edge ridge.

I also had my closest call ever on the descent. We started in the dark (never a good idea), tried to drop back toward Cirque Lake WAY too early, and ended up rapping down a deep cleft above Cirque Lake. DO NOT DO THIS!

About 200 feet up in the dark about 1 a.m., I was unroped on a tiny ledge (big enough for half my right foot) with my left foot smeared out on a small dish, trying to pull a stuck rap rope. It came--but so did a heap of loose rock. I had nowhere to go, and a rock about the size of a basketball landed on my left thigh and came to rest there. HUGE bruise, limped back to camp (arrived at 6 a.m. or so) with my partner's help, and spent 10 days icing my leg with ice from a nearby snowfield.

On the bright side, the weather was crappy for those 10 days anyway, and afterwards my partner and I went on to climb Pingora before we had to leave. All in all, a great trip. But I'm much more cautious about descents, now.

Added: 2008-01-19

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Flash Flash ascent by: reno on 2005-08-14 (View Climbing Log)

0 out of 5 stars Ascent Note

Best rigde climb I've ever done.

Witnessed by: Sharpie
Added: 2005-08-14