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previously climbed Tue, Feb 19, 2013|
later climbed Fri, Apr 14, 2017
It was my second attempt at this highpoint, which undoubtedly is the most technically difficult range highpoint of any range in California. It had been almost three years since I had been here and in that time I had forgotten just how difficult this summit block would be. I had it in my head that I could throw a rope over the top and aid my way up, but after several attempts at lassoing I realized I had no strength and pretty much no chance at anything other than watching the rope fall helplessly off one side or the other. I then wound the rope around the base of the rock and tried raising it slowly by pushing it up, securing it, repeating, all to no great effect at all. I was about as lame in the effort as described by my daughter. Noting that an extension ladder would work nicely, I mentioned this to Mark when I saw him the next day - he said he would be happy to provide his 18-foot ladder for the effort at some future date. If you'd like to be included in what may be the first ascent of this impressive California range highpoint, make a comment at the end of this trip report with an email address if I don't have yours already.
Others expressing interest for future trip:
* - responded for Apr 14, 2017
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