American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, United States, California, Sierra Nevada, The Incredible Hulk, West Face, Polish Route

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  • Publication Year: 1977

The Incredible Hulk, West Face, Polish Route. In August Bob Harrington and I climbed this excellent eight-pitch route. When viewing the west face from Little Slide Canyon, our route follows the continuous “stoveleg-like” cracks that split the narrow face near the left-hand (north) shoulder. We began 100 feet left of the Donaldson route, in a very difficult crack in a left-facing corner. Several pitches higher the crack opened considerably and there were three pitches of fist and off-width climbing with hanging belays. The “summit” was a large flat ledge on the north ridge. We traversed along this ledge onto the east face until reaching the Macedonian descent route. NCCS IV, F10.

Rick Wheeler

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