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North America, United States, Colorado, Longs Peak

Longs Peak. On July 13 James Burbank and I added another new route to the East Face. Ours, the “Shining Slab”, follows the second major crack system north of the Diagonal Route and is about a rope-length south of Field’s Chimney. We climbed a single crack for 220 feet, mostly with direct aid. Two more good pitches, the first with some direct aid and the second all free, brought us to a wet mossy roof. One more fairly easy free pitch to the right and then up took us to the final scrambling of Field’s Chimney. A good selection of pitons, particularly angles and bong-bongs, is required.

Stanley Shepard, Colorado Mountain Club