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Reinstein Pass

Postby RoguePhotonic » Thu Nov 01, 2012 4:06 pm

TITLE: Reinstein Pass

GENERAL OVERVIEW: This pass leads between upper Goddard Canyon and Martha Lake to the Goddard Creek drainage.

CLASS/DIFFICULTY: Class 2-3

LOCATION: Kings Canyon National Park directly down the NE slope of Mt. Reintein. HST Map

ELEVATION: 11,900

USGS TOPO MAP (7.5'): Mt. Goddard

ROUTE DESCRIPTION: From Martha Lake you can go around either shore line. Begin up grassy slopes covered in boulders aiming for Mt. Reinstein. When you reach intermixed granite slabs many easy routes show themselves. From here begin angling up towards the pass picking your way as you go. The descent on the Southern side is a mix of very large slabs and boulders. Due to the nature of the pass a detailed route cannot be given yet it is difficult to remain on class 2 rock. You will probably have a few class 3 moves.

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Re: Reinstein Pass

Postby Wandering Daisy » Fri Nov 02, 2012 12:57 pm

I did this pass with more snow on the ground. In a high snow year, the north-facing south side of Martha lake has a large snowfield that looked difficult. Although longer, the north side is an easy walk on flat grass and I think the better choice for most people. I was pleasantly surprised that even when quite a bit of snow is on the pass, there were dry rock ledges you can zig and zag and avoid getting on snow. If willing to do a lot of zig and zags, the whole thing is class 2; if willing to do a bit of scrambling on a more direct route, you may get into a bit of class 3. But this is an easy pass - more of a route finding puzzle than technically difficult pass.
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Re: Reinstein Pass

Postby lostcoyote » Fri Nov 02, 2012 8:21 pm

from the top of reinstein pass (where these pictures are taken), one can skirt north & west towards valor pass (dead center in this pictire) and get into blackcap basin. the east side of valor is class 2 but one can get into a few class 3 moves.

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another shot from reinstein looking south - easy travel with class 2 bench & ramp work just south of reinstein pass. staying further west on the south side makes things a bit easier to avoid some class 3 moves in getting from ramp to ramp.

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Re: Reinstein Pass

Postby tomba » Sat Nov 10, 2012 1:37 pm

Views of Reinstein Pass early September 2012 (a low snow year). Click on the pictures to larger versions.

Reinstein Pass (center) and Valor Pass (right) from above east side of Martha Lake.
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Zoom in on Reinstein Pass.
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From the shoulder of Mt. Goddard. The pass is to the right of the narrow peak-ridge in the center.
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Zoom in from Mt Goddard. The pass is bottom center-right.
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From southeast, between Lk. 11818' ad Lk. 10232'. The pass is on the right side.
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On the left side.
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View from far south on the western side of the valley between Lk. 10232' and Lk. 9797'. The pass is in the center.
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