Mount Hunter, Southeast Spur of South Face. Our expedition was composed of Lincoln Stoller, William Nicholson,* David M. Sweet and me.* We succeeded in climbing about one-third of the ridge before acknowledging defeat. The decision to withdraw was reached after we had coped with extremely bad weather, difficult climbing conditions, lack of suitable campsites and finally a 400-foot rock wall overhang. The latter would have required direct-aid and free climbing of the highest degree of skill, even by warm-weather Yosemite standards. Had the weather been more stable, the rock face in better condition and the descent more promising, and had sufficient rope been available to fix a rope, the wall might have been climbed.
* Recipients of American Alpine Club Mountaineering Fellowship grants.