Album: Lone Pine Peak (3x) - North Ridge
- Outdoor Adventures
- Album Date
- 7/29/2006 12:00:00 AM
- Date Added
- 1/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
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Miguel Forjan silhouetted at sunrise on the North Ridge
Not far above the starting notch the ridge opens up into a broad slope
Crack climb starting about 40 feet down and left of the first tower (class 4)
Looking down into the large chute between the N and NE ridges
A somewhat spicy downclimb. For another view of this section check out the next photo.
Looking back from where we came. I pulled off a small horn while downclimbing this section. Some of the flakes are brittle.
The 2nd tower. This is the crux. The 1 to 2 pitch 5.7 route (with a lieback) goes up around the right side.
Because we first climbed up about 40 feet or so on the 2nd tower we were able to protect it in a single long pitch using nearly the entire length of our 50m rope
First piton. There is another a few feet higher.
Looking back down at the lieback (center). You can't get the perspective from this photo but this part is "memorable".
Past the 2nd tower and approaching the final summit headwall
The ridge becomes a bit of a knife edge before the final headwall. Beyond the knife edge is another notch below the headwall.
Final headwall (not trivial). At the notch below the headwall we traversed right along a long horizontal ledge.
Looking back at the towers along the North Ridge
Short vertical downclimb to the notch before the headwall
Looking down at the notch below the final headwall
From the notch before the final summit headwall we took an exposed ledge system to the right
Looking back at the exposed ledge and the notch before the summit headwall
Climbing slabs and ledges up the right side of the summit headwall
Miguel (unprotected) on another exposed section. This photo makes my hands sweat. I took a slightly different route.
Just below the summit. Nothing but easy boulders here.
Finally on the summit of Lone Pine Peak (about 8 hours from the trailhead). 11:28am.
This cairn marks the start of the climbers route where you leave the trail
This open forested area is where the climbers trail starts
Second tower (center) and the final summit headwall (right)