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Basic Rock Climb - Yellowjacket Tower/East Flank

Got lucky with a narrow weather window to successfully complete the climb. Approach scrambling was just as bad as other trip reports said!

  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • We used past trip reports by Sherrie Trecker's and Stephen Johnson's.  Route and conditions described by both were pretty spot on.

Group included 2 rope leads and 3 participants, 2 of whom were Basic students.  Left the parking at 7:35 a.m., reached the first gully in just over 1 hour.  We decided to go up the gully, but descended the same section on the climber's left on our return.  If I do this again, I would go up on the left side now that I've seen both.

We reached hidden gully / base of the climb in about 2.5 hours and divided into two rope groups of 3 and 2.  Group of 3 began first, followed by group of 2.  We belayed the pitch 1 instead of setting a handline as other trips have done, which added some time but was a good decision given the experience level of the group. On pitch 3, we set up top rope on the summit block to facilitate faster rotation.  

We skipped one rap station on the way down to below the choke stone, but otherwise used every one (total 3 raps). Scramble down was the worst part of the trip, and even though we went slowly, most of us had multiple slip & fall along the way.  Total trip time was just shy of 10 hours.  Congrats to 2 Basic students for successful alpine rock summit and getting the credit!