Maybe you have been toprope climbing, maybe some short two pitch routes and you are starting to feel comfortable with your climbing skills in a cragging environment. Perhaps you want to push your skills into the high mountain environment and get experience on longer routes
Of course this is a big step and you want to choose an appropriate objective.
Situated above Mammoth in the Lakes Basin, to the west of town, Crystal Crag is a well known local landmark. A gleaming white band of quartz cuts across the peaks and must surely have attracted the attention of miners. To their dismay it was bare of gold, but for us climbers it adds a unique and interesting feature. The route combines, steeper technical climbing with roped ridge traversing to a classic, climbing one side and descending via the other.
This is a perfect introduction to mulit-pitch climbing in an alpine environment, away from the roadside crags and high up in the clear air of the mountains. Not too difficult, but definitely challenging enough to keep you thinking and enjoying a new world.
Our guides are American Mountain Guides Association trained or in the process of becoming certified so you can expect the highest level of climbing and safety knowledge combined with solid instructional skills and professionalism.
The best guidebooks are “Mammoth Area rock Climbs” by Marty Lewis and Peter Croft’s “The Good, The Great, and the Awesome”. Get them from Maximus Press.
We highly recommend that you spend at least one night at moderate altitude (higher than 8,000 feet) just prior to the trip. Spending a night in Mammoth would do the trick.