Correction to Secor
by Rick Fairall
I'm convinced that the route "line" drawn for the Classic South Face on
Charlotte Dome (picture, P.160) is in the wrong place. Roper says it starts
in the "huge bowl." Secor shows it going up and to the right from a smallish
bowl. We were in the exact place indicated, and attempting to put a line up
where indicated seems to land one on a 5.9+ runout face; There are assuredly
no class 4 routes whatsoever from that location. Incidentally, directly up
the big cracks in that recess is 5.8.
I think the line shown for "Charlotte's Web" is closer to the actual Classic
South Face. However, just to dash any remaining credibility, we joined the
multitudes who have failed to find the correct route. Also, I'm not
encouraged by the lack of any other reports of this not being the correct
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