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Anyone Tried the Echo Peaks in Yosemite?
#57709 07/14/20 07:44 PM
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I would like to do some fun high altitude class 3 scrambling, but unfortunately I couldn't find much near me since I live in the Bay Area. So I looked around, and the Echo Peaks in Yosemite look pretty fun. It looks kind of exposed, but the rocks look solid. I've seen that it gets anywhere from a class 2 to a class 5, while most of the 9 peaks are a class 3. Has anyone scrambled up here? Any advice on how safe/fun it is?

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climby_climber #57710 07/14/20 08:13 PM
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I climbed #1-8 and Echo Ridge back in 1987. I climbed #6-8 again in 1990 and then hired Peter Croft to take me up #9 (and the SE Buttress on Cathedral Peak) several weeks later. The route we did on #9 was a little rotten. The others were all good rock. All were fun. Nearby Cockscomb and Unicorn are also worthwhile. And of course, Cathedral Peak is my favorite piece of rock anywhere.

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bobpickering #57711 07/14/20 10:37 PM
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That sounds good. Would you say #1-8 are fairly straightforward rock scrambles? I don't think I've done any "real" class 3 scrambles although I've recently been on a streak bagging peaks mostly through snow climbs. My friend and I just want some fun alternative to the rock climbing gym being closed and we don't have any ropes or protection.

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climby_climber #57712 07/15/20 12:19 AM
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Hi, CC. Don't forget that you need a day pass to get into Yosemite. Currently July and half of August dates are booked:

Yosemite National Park Ticketed Entry

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Steve C #57713 07/15/20 07:18 AM
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What happens if you ride the YARTS bus into the park? Are those still running?

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RichardK #57714 07/15/20 08:08 AM
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Looks like YARTS is running. Face masks required, limited to 30 passengers.

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climby_climber #57715 07/15/20 11:24 AM
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Echo Ridge was class 2. #4 was class 4. Croft and I did a non-standard 5.7 route on #9. The rest were all class 3.

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bobpickering #57781 07/24/20 09:06 PM
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I checked Summit Post, and it says that #6 is a class 4. How was that? Did it seem kind of treacherous in the sense that if you slightly slip or let go of a hand hold you die or something?

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climby_climber #57800 07/26/20 07:55 PM
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When I climbed them, the only information I had was “The Climber’s Guide to the High Sierra” by Steve Roper. It provided the following description: “Peaks 5 through 8 are all class 3 via their northern sides.” I didn’t disagree with Ropers ratings. That was 30 years ago, so I don’t remember any details.

Note that every time some clown gets scared on a route, the rating tends to go up. The first time I did the SE Buttress on Cathedral Peak, it was 5.4. Croft rates it 5.7. The U-Notch to Polemonium Peak used to be class 4, and the NE ridge on Bear Creek Spire used to be “class 3 or 4.” Both are now class 5. My oldest guide says the Swiss Arete on Mt. Sill had a class 4 variation. Secor (3rd edition) says it’s 5.7. There is a 14er in Colorado that I summited wearing climbing boots and using no hands. The climbing guide rated it class 5. Ratings are not nearly as consistent as we might like.

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bobpickering #57801 07/26/20 09:19 PM
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Well, I'll be checking out peaks #0-8 while skipping #4. I might check out #6 and end up being the clown that gets scared on that route laugh


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