Correction to Secor
by John Wakabayashi
Mt. Ericsson (listed as class 2 via the West Ridge with no mention
of more difficult summit rocks) The summit rocks are class 3 and exposed
no matter what route is chosen. The West Ridge is indeed easy class 2
from Lucy's Foot Pass until reaches the summit rocks. One must then
climb a 15-foot moderate class 3 pitch to reach the crest of the summit
ridge, followed by a short distance of class 2 on the ridge, then one
short class 3 move with considerable exposure to reach the highest point
and register. Note that the class 3 summit rocks are mentioned in
Roper's guide. To put the last move to the register in perspective, the
exposure on that move is well beyond any that is encountered on the
final knife edge of the NE couloir route on Abbot.
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