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Moderate snow climbing and a small 'shrund/moat crossing gains the first rock band. There are many ways up the Munchkin, this route trends up the west rock band, but a party could just as easily climb the snowfield, or another rock section.
Once the ridge has been gained, you must cross a short snowfield as shown in the photo. A mountain axe is nice to have, as are boots. We did it in rock shoes with a mountain axe, and it was a cold little traverse.
Takes excellent gear. Bring a single set of cams and some passive pro. I liked having a picket to protect the bergshrund.
Rapping the snowfield, it's nice to have two ropes...
Very aesthetic summit after fun, easy climbing.
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