King Traverse in Sierra Nevada

By Dan Dewell ,

Dusy Basin and the Palisades, Kings Canyon National Park,

Pavel Kovar and Misha Logvinov made the first ascent of the northeast ridge of Mount Clarence King (IV+ 5.7), in Kings Canyon National Park, September 15 through 17. Their ascent was marked by 10,000-plus feet of vertical gain — hiking almost 30 miles — and one-and-a-half days of technical climbing. This new route includes 16 pitches, plus simul-climbing/soloing over half the ridge via sustained and exposed traverses. Their new route marks one of the last ascents of a quickly dwindling number of unclimbed technical ridges in the area, a remote canyon in central California that in one spot reaches 8,000 feet deep. The pair had attempted the ridge over three days, on two separate occasions, earlier this September.Comment on this story

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