American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, United States, California—Sierra Nevada, The Incinerator, Rock Creek Area, Stun Them with Science

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  • Publication Year: 1984

The Incinerator, Rock Creek Area, Stun Them With Science. This formation—resembling a sawdust incinerator in lumber mills—lies above and slightly east of Rock Creek Wall. The easiest approach is to climb a route on Rock Creek Wall then walk up to the notch behind the Incinerator and descend the east side. This approach may take more time but avoids brush. In September 1982 Jeff Panetta, Mark Blanchard, Fremont Bainbridge and I climbed a route starting on the right side below a steep but very knobby face. Climb up and left below a large, loose flake to the top of a flaky ledge. Continue up the steep, knobby face for 100 feet to a belay at two bolts. Ascend a strenuous crack 25 feet to a ledge below the summit cap. Step left and climb the easy slab to the top. A 60-foot rappel off two bolts on the west side leads to the notch separating the Incinerator from the mountain. II, 5.8.

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