Correction to Secor

Crystal Crag

by John Wakabayashi

This isn't really a correction to Secor, but rather a comment on the "south arete" route listed in Roper. Secor lists a class 3 west face route. Roper lists a class 2 south arete route. Having done the south arete and looked all around for easier ground I really doubt there is a class 2 route there. In fact I don't think there is a class 2 route on this peak. Our route that ascended east of and below the crest of the south arete certainly had a few high 3rd class moves and we descended by a somewhat easier route on the same slope that was still class 3. The point here is that I am fairly sure the easiest route up Crystal Crag is 3rd class.
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