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Spicy downclimb on Dragon Pass

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  1. I can’t tell how spicy but everything I’ve read said this route is challenging.

    • On the one hand, there was only one short section of sand that made me want to cry, and a good trail to the lake. On the other, there was a rap station at the top of that thing, probably a class 4 downclimb. I might have been able to avoid it to the east, but it wasn’t obvious. Dropping in next to the tooth was a bit spicy and loose as well (I followed an apparent duck to nowhere). It might have been slightly less nasty closer to the tooth.

  2. Hmmm. If I go this way, it sounds like it won’t be by headlamp. Must be cliffs on the other side as it looks like you can traverse right under it.

    • You may or may not cliff out traversing around the east side. Since the east side is steep earlier on, I came at the top from slightly to the west. I suspect the pass would be much easier coming from Onion Valley, as you get a good look at the traverse below Dragon Tooth from below. It would be tricky by headlamp, but it’s way faster than Kearsarge plus Glen.

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