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North America, United States, California, Sierra Nevada Range, Hot Tuna Tower, Sargasso, Wheeler Crest

Hot Tuna Tower, Sargasso, Wheeler Crest. In April Tony Puppo and I climbed this route that ascends the right side of Hot Tuna Tower, following the similar but smaller dihedral to the right of Starkissed. Two pitches led to the base of the corner that was ascended in two more pitches. Above, a snow-filled gully blocked progress, so we traversed right around a corner and up a difficult crack. One more pitch led to the north ridge. A more direct finish seems desirable. NCCS III, F9.

Alan Bartlett, Buff Alpine Club