And the learnage continues! Gary and Nik once again took the sharp end for us as they lead our 2, 2 man teams. I took a ride on my first multi-pitch trade route! The Nuggernaut is a stem and mantle fest 5.8 with what looked to be great gear….that is when Nik decided to actually place any. Typically 5 pitches, but we had a 70m rope so Nick turned that into 4 pitches.
Once parked, the approach is easy breezy on flat ground for a while into the Weminuche wilderness, you take a left off the trail once you see some water-box on your right on the other side of the fence, this brings you to the wide area between the mountains and then take another left uptowards Tradistan tower for the approach. Your typical bush whacking haul up loose rocky dirt slippyness.
A solid 800-900 ft route, good for a beginner to multi-pitch and trad. Getting to see a variety of anchor setups was great, especially on big ole ledges. The view from the top is beautiful and right in front of you when you summit is another wall that goes up a few hundred more feet on another face. Those routes look amazing, much like Lemon Reservoir, and much more vertical than the Nauggernaut. There’s a few cairns marking where the rappel bolts are at the top on the south side. We totally simul-rappelled down, bunches of fun.
The teeth cutting has commenced…