7-24-14 Climbing in the Lone Peak Cirque
We scrambled up the approach (Pete's Staircase, 5.4) to the base of the wall and began climbing the 3-pitch 5.8 Lowe Route. Luke and I agreed that we would split up the best pitches (1 and 3), so Luke led the first 2 pitches and I led the 3rd pitch.
After climbing the Lowe Route, we hiked down and around and climbed another route; the Answer. This route is basically a variation of the Lowe Route and was a lot of fun.
THE LOWE ROUTE
Pitch 1: A sweet, steep, hand-sized dihedral to the top of a pinnacle. 5.8
Pitch 2: A wandering, easy section and a short crack to the base of the steep upper face. 5.7
Pitch 3: A straight shot up the upper wall. Used the small crack for protection and climbed the patina to the summit. So sweet! 5.7
|Lone Peak Cirque|
|Question Mark Wall - the approach requires some low 5th class scrambling to the tree-covered ledge|
|First pitch of the Lowe Route, so fun!|
|First pitch of the Lowe Route. Luke is not free-soloing as it might appear|
|Wandering 2nd Pitch of the Lowe Route|
|The 3rd pitch of the Lowe Route - a bit of a runout start|
|Luke coming up the fantastic and exposed 3rd pitch of the Lowe Route|
Pitch 1: The same first pitch as the Lowe Route. 5.8
Pitch 2: Moves up and left and follows bolts/pins to a fixed 2-bolt anchor with white webbing below a roof. 5.8
Pitch 3: From the anchor, the route traverses right around the roof and back left onto the exposed face protected by sparse bolts and pitons. 5.8
|Me leading the fun and chllenging first pitch of the Lowe Route and The Answer|
|Luke on the 2nd pitch of the Answer, all fixed protection on an exposed face|
|The 3rd pitch of the Answer on the Question Mark Wall. Luke is belaying from the top and I am climbing.|
We reached the car 3 hours later. 14 hour day in the mountains.