Northeast RidgePosted On:
2019-09-03, By: supranihilestInfo:
There are a couple of potential options following 4WD roads (either in a vehicle or on foot) to each the northeast ridge of Point 13,034. I was on foot so I just followed the roads up to a saddle at approximately 12,500' and then cut directly west across tundra and willows to the ridge. The ridge starts out grassy and gets steeper and narrower as you go along. The rock on the scrambly bits is pretty bad - some kind of granitic stuff sandwiched between layers of dirt - and is easy to pull apart but if you put direct downward pressure on it it doesn't seem to go anywhere. In any case there's probably only 20-30 feet of Class 3 scrambling, the rest is just Class 2 or Class 2+. The easiest route is not on the ridge crest, but slightly below and to the left/south. If you find yourself climbing what appears to be a huge stack of inch-thick dinner plates, this is not your route. I climbed to the top of it and climbed back down, since continuing forward that way was far sketchier than I liked.