From the very toe of the buttress, follow the ridge for 8 to 10 pitches ranging from 4th class to 5.6 on excellent quartzite. This is followed by 2 loose pitches and then easy scrambling to the final summit ridge. Belays all have nice stances or ledges.
From the lower meadows, find the very toe of the buttress.
A light rack with pro ranging from small wires to medium hexes and lots of slings will suffice.
|By Ray Hellinger|
From: Durango, CO
Jul 16, 2012
Did this route a coupld of weeks ago. You can easily make it harder (5.7/8) by picking specific lines. Great route tho on perfect rock. I think a solo of this route, Wham Ridge direct line and NF of W Trinity in a day would be the perfect trifecta.
From: Holladay, Utah
Jun 15, 2013
Instead of "the very toe," from the col between Vestal and Arrow head straight over. Some class 4/5 scrambling will get you to the "ridge," which is more of a broad face of class 2, low angle slab hiking and scree scrambling. The only climbing on the route is just below the false summit and a traverse across an amazing knife edge up to the final class 4/5 scramble up to the summit. This is why you came! Descent follows a cairned path from the summit, class 2/3, and takes you back to the col between Vestal and Arrow.
From: Durango, CO
Aug 18, 2013
Over the years. I have done both the east ramp and the North Ridge. I am referring the the North Ridge route. Yes, without a rope it is going to have an X rating in many places on the route. My partner and I hiked in and did the Trinity Traverse the day prior and camped. Next day we did the N. Ridge on arrow and hiked back to the car. We both agreed that the gear we brought in to do that route (rope and rack) wasn't worth taking up into Vestal Basin just for that route. Approach shoes with sticky rubber makes this easier than the first ascent I am sure. Take a rope if you doubt your abilities on this one, but it's all there!