American Alpine Jounrna and Accidents in North American Climbing

North America, United States, California, Sierra Nevada, Third Recess Peak, Serving Detention

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  • Publication Year: 2003

Third Recess Peak, Serving Detention. The northeast side of Third Recess Peak features two striking arêtes that merge near the summit. In July Micha Miller and I climbed a new route (IV 5.10) that followed the left-hand arête for ten pitches. Starting left of the prow we worked up steep cracks and corners for a few hundred feet before Micha found a traverse down and right, onto the arête. This put us right on the beautiful edge, which we climbed to the top, racing a thunderstorm. We lost the race, but tagged the seldom-visited summit pinnacle as the rain and hail tapered off to the north.

David Harden, AAC

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