American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, United States, California—Sierra Nevada, Hamilton Lakes Dome, North Ridge

  • Climbs And Expeditions
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  • Publication Year: 1972

Hamilton Lakes Dome, North Ridge. Having chosen an impossible line on Angel Wings and having succeeded in proving it impossible, TM Herbert and I cast our eyes across Hamilton Creek to the north ridge of Hamilton Lakes Dome or Peak 9770. This prominent feature southwest of the lowest Hamilton Lake had been climbed twice before via the east ridge. Our approach was long and required forethought and success with a wet mossy jam crack. The climb was beautiful with seven pitches of fifth class straight up the arête — face climbing, crack climbing, good rock, bad rock, and excellent nut placements. We descended via the fourth class eastern route. NCCS II, F7.


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