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Intermediate Alpine Climb - South Early Winter Spire/West Face & Southwest Rib

After cruxy first pitch you'll find a variety of fun terrain (wavy crack, nervous nelly slab, bear hug cracks) on solid rock with good pro.

  • Road suitable for all vehicles
  • There were one or two small patches of snow left on the approach just past the slabs, approach shoes were fine.  

Lots of wild flowers on the approach.  We left the trailhead at around 5:40AM (sunrise was 5:15AM) and after ~2 hours we were the 3rd & 4th teams on the route.  As we waited for the team ahead of us to finish the first pitch at least two more teams of two and a team of three queued up.  Get an early start if you can.  The Concord/Lexington gully is also snow free.