Correction to Secor, Temple Crag
by Peter Maxwell
At the pass, after much discussion of alternatives, we finally elected to take
the "easy class 4" crack, which heads up directly from the pass, rather than
descend the 300 feet necessary to pick up the normal class 3 chute. This
crack is really a chimney and sufficiently narrow at one point that we had to
haul all our packs up using a 7 mm rope that Debbie had brought along. Gary
did a sterling job of straddling it but the rest of us wedged ourselves in and
squirmed our way up. As well as hauling packs, Charles put the rope to good
use for belaying those who wanted a little extra security. It's an excellent
route and not too difficult.
After the 40 feet or so, it was a class 2 talus/scree climb almost to the
summit, when it became class 3 again. It was relatively uninteresting until,
after peeking over a knife-edge at the top, the true summit came into view,
and with it the unmentioned (in both Secor and Roper) class 4 move. It's
pretty exposed there and we had to get up about 6 feet with very little to
use as purchase. Not that it was very likely, loosing balance at that point
would have had very serious consequences and Charles became chief belayer once
again. Using a 7 mm rope, you ask? It was perfectly capable of taking body
weight, which was all that was needed.
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