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North America, United States, California, Sawtooth Ridge, Orangesmith

Sawtooth Ridge, Orangesmith. Steve Must and I climbed a new ten-pitch route north of Blacksmith Peak, one we dubbed Orangesmith (II-III 5.8). The lower pitches were on the edge of an unmistakable orange wall just below Glacier Lake, then the route took a quite-apparent arĂȘte to the summit of the divide. The rock was incredibly good: about 5.75.8 at the hardest, most of it in mid-five range. It was so windy that weekend (Labor Day) that most parties in the Sierra turned back.

Fred Beckey