Blacksmith Peak North Arete

Bridgeport, California

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Blacksmith Peak is the prominent granite fin guarding the northwest end of the Sawtooth Ridge. There are four summit towers, with the northwest pinnacle standing the tallest. This pinnacle offers a difficult ascent and is rated 5.6. Bestor Robinson and Richard Leonard first climbed the peak by way of a slabby gully on the southwest face in July of 1933. On this same trip, the climbers made the first traverse of the Three Teeth, going northwest to southeast. Bestor Robinson returned to Blacksmith three years later with Carl Jensen to climb the northeast gully. This route follows the steep ramp that parallels the jagged north ridge and rises above the glacier between Blacksmith Peak and Cleaver Peak. This route is now rated 5.6.

Blacksmith Peak: North Arete Professional Review and Guide

"Blacksmith Peak is the prominent granite fin guarding the northwest end of the Sawtooth Ridge. There are four summit towers, with the northwest pinnacle standing the tallest. This pinnacle offers a difficult ascent and is rated 5.6. Bestor Robinson and Richard Leonard first climbed the peak by way of a slabby gully on the southwest face in July of 1933. On this same trip, the climbers made the first traverse of the Three Teeth, going northwest to southeast. Bestor Robinson returned to Blacksmith three years later with Carl Jensen to climb the northeast gully. This route follows the steep ramp that parallels the jagged north ridge and rises above the glacier between Blacksmith Peak and Cleaver Peak. This route is now rated 5.6."

Activity Type: Climbing
Nearby City: Bridgeport
Class: Class 5.9 and above
Local Contacts: Yosemite National Park; Inyo National Forest, John Muir Wilderness
Local Maps: USGS Matterhorn Peak, Buckeye Ridge
Grade: Grade III
Driving Directions: Directions to Blacksmith Peak: North Arete

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