New Route on Storm Point. The first ascent of Storm Point (10,040 ft.) by the S.W. ridge was made by Art Gilkey and Dick Pownall in August 1949. The approach is by the Cascade Canyon trail. Roped climbing begins at the very base of the ridge, only a few hundred ft. off the trail. It is a long climb, on sound rock, with pitches of varying difficulty. Gilkey and Pownall spent seven hours on the ridge and used 12 pitons for safety. The very first pitch was one of the hardest. The route is a good one for large parties, as there are many points from which, by a short traverse to the W., one can reach a large couloir that gives easy access to the saddle between Storm Point and Symmetry Spire.