Correction to Secor, Cox Col
by Peter Maxwell
We had wonderful, easy, sandy slopes to walk down from the col, at least
at first. Secor's description was rather vague, about having to turn right
(to the northwest) before turning left (to the southwest) to descend to
[Lake Italy]. The temptation is to go southwest too soon, to avoid going
"too far out of the way", and we ended up going down some steep, slippery
sections that would have been better avoided. It's better to stay in
northwest direction longer, heading into the upper portions of the bowl
around Gabb, Abbott and Dade, then descending the much easier slopes from
Looking back towards the col one is truly able to appreciate Secor's
statement about it being the only reasonable crossing of the Sierra
crest in that area. The gentle sandy slopes leading up to the col
were all the more remarkable considering the almost vertical walls
leading up to Dade, Abbott and Mills.
On August 25, 2000, Gary Davidson added:
I want to agree with the comments posted, but would like to
add a warning. To most backpackers, the first 150 ft or so
of the descent on the east side would be 3rd class, not
second. Hands must be used for downclimbing, not
maintaining balance (that is my understanding of the
difference between 3rd and 2nd class).
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