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Midway Pass

Postby RoguePhotonic » Fri Dec 18, 2015 9:36 pm

TITLE: Midway Pass

This is perhaps the only pass I can think of that is called a pass but I completely regard it as a couloir.

GENERAL OVERVIEW: This pass crosses the far NW ridge of Finger Peak between Cathedral Lake & Blue Canyon

CLASS/DIFFICULTY: Class 2 with class 3 route options

LOCATION: Sierra National Forest / John Muir Wilderness. on the NW ridge of Finger Lake. HST Map

ELEVATION: 11,650

USGS TOPO MAP (7.5'): Mt. Goddard

ROUTE DESCRIPTION: My knowledge of this Col is limited to the North side of it as I some what used it as a route to climb Finger Peak.

The Col itself is the only obvious cut on the ridge and you begin by climbing nice stable talus straight up it. When I reached the narrow part which is the col it was covered wall to wall by solid ice and was extremely steep dirt. Nothing about this route was even slightly appealing. From here I moved far to the left where you can begin climbing class 3 rocks onto the NE slope. This section is a mix of shelves, blocks and small trees with a bit of route finding to the top of the ridge. It's continuous class 3 climbing until your on the broad easy ridge. From here dropping down in whatever direction your heading should be an easy task.

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Re: Midway Pass / Col

Postby tomba » Sun Jan 10, 2016 10:23 pm

There is Midway Col between Milestone Creek and Colby Lake. Map link. So perhaps we should stick to calling the pass in this post Midway Pass, to avoid confusion.

The the description of Midway Pass in Secor's book suggests to use the western side, to Midway Lake. It does not mention the northern side to Cathedral Lake. Secor mentions that this is not really a pass but a ridge crossing. Map link.
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Re: Midway Pass

Postby RoguePhotonic » Tue Jan 12, 2016 7:04 am

Perhaps there is an easier way over around that cliff face on the Western side that would make for an good cross over. I don't remember what that side looked like though.
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