Mount Morrison Northwest Face

Mammoth Lakes, California

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The north wall of Mt. Morrison holds an almost “fatal attraction” for climbers. The wall, which looks solid and climbable from the road, is mostly shattered and dangerously loose. Mike Strassman described a climb up the neighboring north buttress (IV 5.8) as “a vertical scree field. Protection was not worth placing, and retreat was not a possibility.” Finishing their climb under the light of a failing headlamp, they stumbled back to the car just before dawn.
Climbing California's High Sierra

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Climbing California's High Sierra

by John Moynier & Claude Fiddler (Falcon Guides)

The north wall of Mt. Morrison holds an almost “fatal attraction” for climbers. The wall, which looks solid and climbable from the road, is mostly shattered and dangerously loose. Mike Strassman described a climb up the neighboring north buttress (IV 5.8) as “a vertical scree field. Protection was not worth placing, and retreat was not a possibility.” Finishing their climb under the light of a failing headlamp, they stumbled back to the car just before dawn.

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Activity Type: Climbing
Nearby City: Mammoth Lakes
Class: Class 5 - 5.5
Local Contacts: John Muir Wilderness
Local Maps: USGS Convict Lake
Grade: Grade IV
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Morrison: Northwest Face

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May 2018