First class 2, any advice?

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Re: First class 2, any advice?

Postby mtree » Mon Aug 05, 2013 12:43 pm

I second - or third - the advice to tackle something else besides Castle. Castle is as close to a class 3 as a class 2 gets. The ridge has some decent exposure and route finding is a little sketchy. The final summit pitch is on steep, loose, crappy talus. At least its short. This time of year the descent from the saddle is an ugly mess.

If you're just looking to get some class 2 climbs under your belt, I'd recommend Yale or Harvard. Even Massive or La Plata would suffice (one of my favorite!). Castle is a good warm up to class 3 peaks, as well as the Elks' wonderful rock reputation.
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Re: First class 2, any advice?

Postby carson_h » Mon Aug 05, 2013 12:56 pm

ethanc41 wrote: I am going with a friend but he is doing very little to learn the route.


That's a lot like hiking alone which I wouldn't recommend. Your friend could be nearly worthless if something happens to you. Everyone in your group should study the route, carry a map & compass/gps, etc.
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Re: First class 2, any advice?

Postby Dancesatmoonrise » Mon Aug 05, 2013 6:01 pm

carson_h wrote:
ethanc41 wrote: I am going with a friend but he is doing very little to learn the route.


That's a lot like hiking alone which I wouldn't recommend. Your friend could be nearly worthless if something happens to you. Everyone in your group should study the route, carry a map & compass/gps, etc.

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