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Upper East Face

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Upper East Face 

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Zumie's Thumb from the Loft.


This is the area that is somewhat broken above the left side of the Lower East Face. It faces east or northeast depending on exactly where you are.

Some of the better known routes in this less-traveled section include Zumie's Thumb, 5.9; Teeter Totter Pillar, 5.8; and The Window, 5.7 or M6; Kiener's Route, 5.3; Notch Couloir, easy snow. There is probably plenty of room for exploration here.

This area may be approached via a route on the Lower East Face, Lamb's Slide, or Flying Dutchman. Expect nearly a full-day for an adventure here.

Getting There 

Most access this area from the Long's Area trailhead to Chasm Lake 4.5 miles, and then you choose your final bit of approach.

4 Total Routes

['4 Stars',2],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Upper East Face:
The Notch Couloir   Mod. Snow     Trad, Snow, Alpine, Grade III   
Kiener's Route   5.3 3+ 10 III VD 3a Easy Snow     Trad, Snow, Alpine, Grade II   
The Beaver   5.5 4b 13 IV+ MS 4a     Trad, Alpine, 3000'   
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Zumie's Thumb.  Photo by Leo Paik.  (I just added the label)

Zumie's Thumb 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a  CO : Alpine Rock : ... : Upper East Face
Zumie's Thumb is large, detached spire at the top left extreme of the Upper East Face of Long's Peak. The tiny summit of this spire was first reached by Tom Hornbein, Dexter Brinker, and Harry Waldrup, who in 1951 hiked in from the back side, rappeled into the notch behind Zumie's Thumb, then climbed to the summit. Later in 1959, Chuck Schobinger and John Amato climbed the full buttress from the east.The climb starts near the top of Lamb's Slide, immediately right of the upper right branch of ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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The Upper East Face from near Mill's Glacier.
The Upper East Face from near Mill's Glacier.
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