20090803: Day 3
After yesterday’s adventure on Walker Tower, we had a late breakfast at the Base Camp Cafe before taking a more mellow day – the North Arete on Crystal Crag. This is a classic II 5.6 route outside of Mammoth, featuring three pitches of steady 5.6 and another 600′ or so of 4th class ridge scrambling. After the “II 5.6” of the previous day, this was a nice walk in the park for Jay and Haimei.
In only 5:30 hours we had approached, climbed the North Arete, tagged the summit, descended the SW Ledges (3rd class), and hiked back to the car. Nice day!
Chris Simmons is an AMGA Certified Alpine Guide and a Rock, Alpine, and Ski Guide for SMC. More about his adventures can be found on his personal website, Climb.Ski.Run.Sleep.Repeat.