This is one of the most aesthetic and difficult High Sierra climbs – perfect granite high above Mono Lake with spectacular views out into the Nevada desert. This route has an almost European feel to it, with an easy hike to the top where extra gear is cached before the climb. A short descent leads to the base of a huge sweeping slab of rock. The route gets steadily more difficult until you reach the final pitch, which has been understatedly described as “the best 5.9 in the universe.” A final mantle puts you on the summit a scant few feet from the cached gear.

We also combine this route along with The Incredible Hulk in our Third Hulk Linkup, giving two of the finest hard climbs in the Eastern Sierra in three days.


You need to be able to follow at the 5.10 level and have experience on multi pitch routes.

Acclimatization & Physical Training

For proper acclimatization, we suggest spending at least one night at a moderate altitude, higher than 8,000 feet, just prior to the start of the journey. See our detailed tips on acclimatizing an physical training in the “Resources” tab.