Summit Elevation (m): 2652
Trip Date: Friday, October 3, 2003
Round Trip Time (hr): Unknown
Elevation Gain (m): 1035
Total Trip Distance (km): 8
Quick ‘n Dirty Rating: Class 3/4 – you fall, you break something or worse
Difficulty Notes: A fall on the crux would severely injure or kill so take necessary precautions.
Technical Rating: SC7; YDS (3rd)
GPS Track: Download
Map: Google Maps
What a beautiful day!! I scrambled all year to enjoy a day like this! Due to a lingering cold for the past 2 weeks the climb was tough. I had to stop every 10 or 15 steps to let my knees ‘thaw’ so that I could keep climbing. I haven’t felt this out of shape since the beginning of the year. I highly recommend this scramble. I agree with Dave Stephens that the summit ridge is barely enough to be classified as difficult – although a slip here would likely not hurt much (Mainly because you’d be dead). Compared to Lady MacDonald or Pocaterra I thought the crux was very short and if dry very easy. I wouldn’t want to do it on ice though! I didn’t get any good pics of the climb or the crux because I only had 9 photos left and I was concentrating so hard on getting to the top I didn’t remember to take shots on the way up.
I started out nice and early and got to Wedge Pond at around 8 am. There were a few fly-fisherman on the water and the mist was rising as I made my way into the brightly colored forest and started up a drainage east of the pond. About an hour later I was on the ridge and heading for the base of the Wedge. Every step was a major chore but I pressed on.
An hour later and I was already high up on the steep slab/scree slope to the first summit. I popped out on the first summit and thought my knees would give out completely! Ignoring my weakness I headed across the ridge, only pausing briefly to contemplate the crux. 10 minutes later I stood on the main summit and began to drink in the wonderful views and the warm sunshine.
I fell asleep for a while and it was almost two hours before I headed back down. All-in-all it was a very nice scramble – any scramble would’ve been nice in that weather though. Going down wasn’t a problem except for the small rock fall that I started! Good thing no-one was coming up. I had the entire mountain to myself and enjoyed that most of all.