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2013-09-07  Route: Wham Ridge
Info: Climbed the Wham yesterday (9/7). Despite hours of rain the night before, the route was in perfect (dry, good friction) condition by 7am. We protected one pitch from just above the two blocks to just above the crux slab (70m rope). I placed one nut (BD #11, I think) at the base of the crux plus 2-3 camalots in the range .5-1. The crux slab felt like 5.2, and you can keep the entire route at 4th class by staying on the ridge until just above the crux. I would expect the route to get some snow/hail over the next few days. 
ngoodnight  2013-09-08   0             
2013-08-31  Route: Wham
Info: Route is in good condition and free of snow/ice (likely to change daily). The trail starts just after the beaver ponds on the CT - follow the pond shore‘s east side south (i.e. skirt the lake left) until a solid trail starts. A bit of downfall to hop over heading into Vestal Basin. The trail split for the upper basin between Vestal and Arrow is fairly obvious at ~11450 near the end of a large meadow. Solid trail winds up the drainage. Entered the Wham via a brief class 3 gully on climber‘s right side of the toe prior to ascending grassy slopes and low angled slab up and eventually to the ridge. No need to contour all the way left around the lake. Crux pitches were solid (single move 5.4, plenty of 4th and 5.easy). We might‘ve traversed left too soon after the crux (~100ft). Not sure what the best option is here - I think ascending a couple hundred feet higher and then traversing left and up. The descent wasn‘t nearly as bad as expected. Cairned trail on the right side of the prominent SE gully and solid trail traversing to the saddle. Plenty of solid options for bypassing scree. The descent from the Arrow/Vestal saddle was a bit annoying but still a scree ski. Rack used: BD .5, 2, nut set, slings, 30 m rope. Mostly short rope style and simul with terrain belays. 30 m was plenty sufficient for the two spicier pitches with ledge belays. Naturally, the gear and protection (if any) views depends on the party‘s ability. 
Monster5  2013-09-02   0             

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