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North America, United States, California, Sierra Nevada, Peak 11,998, The Crooked Walnut

Peak 11,998, The Cooked Walnut. The LeConte Divide in general holds little of interest for the technical climber. Rising above Arctic Lake, however, is a beautiful north face that has escaped even the notice of Fred Beckey. On August 31, Rick Boyce, Curt Chadwick, and I climbed a crack system immediately right of a prow-like pillar which splits the center of the face. Our route offers 600 to 700 feet of mostly free climbing on excellent rock. Take several bongs up to 3 inches. Other possibilities exist, but they are all well guarded by the 17-mile approach. NCCS II, F7, A2.

Walt Vennum