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North America, United States, California–Sierra Nevada, Grave Lake Dome, South Face

Grave Lake Dome, South Face. On August 29 Faith Aubin and I made what we believe to be the first ascent of a prominent right-leaning diagonal crack at the western edge of the south face of Grave Lake Dome (10,818 feet). The route begins at an obvious ramp 30 feet to the right of a steep grass-filled gully and follows the crack to the summit in five pitches. A brief body jam in an overhanging crack on the first pitch and a few overhangs near the summit comprise the major difficulties, which never exceed 5.7.

Joseph T. Bridges