American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, United States, California - Yosemite, Mount Starr King, West and Northwest Faces

  • Climbs And Expeditions
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  • Publication Year: 1971

Mount Starr King, West and Northwest Faces. On May 30, Lee Panza and I began at a bent lodgepole pine at the base of the west face. We climbed up and right for three enjoyable pitches and continued straight up flakes, cracks and overhangs for another three pitches to the summit slabs (NCCS III, F8). On September 5, Mary Bomba and I made the first ascent of the northwest face. Beginning near green lichen-covered overhangs, we followed a crack for two pitches, passing the overhangs on the left. From the crack’s end, we diagonaled right on flakes and friction for 200 feet (F9). We then climbed straight up for three pitches also of F9 to the summit. NCCS III, F9.


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