East Ridge of Disappointment

August 25, 2011 at 1:32 am (Climbing) (, , , , )

A perfect 4-pitch day route, we did the 2 1/2 hour hike up to Surprise lake and then to Amphitheater Lake starting around 10. Another short hike from Amphiteater up to the base of the the climb and we were ready to go. Ryan led all 4 pitches. The first was a pretty easy 5.5 that used most of the rope. At the top, we walked about 50 yards to the bottom of the next 3 pitches.

The climb increased in difficulty with each pitch, but the crux moves on the last pitch were still pretty easy 5.7 moves. I was very glad that a) I wasn’t leading and b) Ryan knew how to get down from the climb. The hike down was almost more challenging than the climb up. As we reached the top, a brief, but ominous thunderstorm came through and I was happy to be quickly heading downhill and not on rope any longer. All in all, a beautiful climb with stellar views and a good 2 1/2 hour “warm up” hike to the climb.

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