Peak:  Ypsilon Mountain (13er)
 Route:  Blitzen Ridge
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  awatenmaker
 Date of Info:  07/27/2018
 Date Posted:  07/28/2018
 Details

Blitzen is all clear and a joy to climb right now. Leading up to this climb, there were a variety of reports about the aces and the headwall (some pretty dramatic). At least for me and my partners, we barely noticed getting through the first two aces (bypassed on the left on the grassy exposed ledges). The third ace is straight forward, just head up the face! The downclimb off the 3rd ace was probably 5th class, but nothing crazy. As for the 4th ace, I read a lot of stuff about heading climber's right for a 5.4 move or two, but we chose climbers left and found a 5.4ish way up the ace after 1 balancey move on some loose rock. The headwall was such a blast to climb, pick a line and go for it! After the headwall, keep in mind you still have a bit to go before the summit. Hope this helps. Route finding was straightforward, and I would agree with the 5.4 rating.



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