Outguard Spire Southeast Arete

Bridgeport, California

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Across Little Slide Canyon from the Incredible Hulk is a series of jagged spires below the summit of Kettle Peak (11,000 feet). From south to north, these are the Duck, Regge Pole, the Turret, and Outguard Spire. Each of these pinnacles is impressive and there are a number of fine routes on each tower, especially on their tall east faces. After many visits, Bruce Bindner described the area. “Little Slide Canyon contains some of the finest rock formations in the northern Sierra.” The impressive Outguard Spire is the first tower you will see when traveling up Little Slide Canyon. Robert Grow, Joe Kiskis, and John York made the first ascent of the tower in 1968. Their route followed a short, ugly chimney on the southeast side of the tower. The east side of the peak is more like a monolith and the rock quality is better. There are three routes on this feature. Mike Warburton and Roger Gocking climbed the first route in July of 1973. This route (III 5.10 A2) climbs a corner system on the right side of the east face, occasionally venturing onto the north face.
Climbing California's High Sierra

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Climbing California's High Sierra

by John Moynier & Claude Fiddler (Falcon Guides)

Across Little Slide Canyon from the Incredible Hulk is a series of jagged spires below the summit of Kettle Peak (11,000 feet). From south to north, these are the Duck, Regge Pole, the Turret, and Outguard Spire. Each of these pinnacles is impressive and there are a number of fine routes on each tower, especially on their tall east faces. After many visits, Bruce Bindner described the area. “Little Slide Canyon contains some of the finest rock formations in the northern Sierra.” The impressive Outguard Spire is the first tower you will see when traveling up Little Slide Canyon. Robert Grow, Joe Kiskis, and John York made the first ascent of the tower in 1968. Their route followed a short, ugly chimney on the southeast side of the tower. The east side of the peak is more like a monolith and the rock quality is better. There are three routes on this feature. Mike Warburton and Roger Gocking climbed the first route in July of 1973. This route (III 5.10 A2) climbs a corner system on the right side of the east face, occasionally venturing onto the north face.

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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 Outguard Spire: Southeast Arete

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