The crux of Heartbreak Ridge (III, 5.7) is near the nose,
about a quarter of the way down from the top
I’ve got the next couple of days off from work and I’m going climbing with Julia in the park. I’ve been climbing more than I have in years this summer and it will be nice to get back in the mountains after a few weeks full of tradeshows and busy days at the store.
We decided to go for Heartbreak Ridge (III, 5.7) on Table Mountain because it is “highly recommended for those seeking moderate routes containing excellent rock” in The Climbers Guide to the Tetons. The route is south facing and eight pitches long according to the topo, with the crux being on the seventh pitch passing a ‘nose’. There are a few sections of fourth class mixed in, so hopefully we can keep things moving. The approach into the South Fork of Cascade Canyon is about 8-10 miles, doable in a day, but we have decided to camp instead. It seems like it’s been forever since I’ve camped in the summertime and the views should be ‘over the top’, since Table Mountain sits directly to the west and on the other side of the canyon from the Grand Teton.
Anyway…the weather is supposed to be stellar, with temps near sixty and little chance of precipitation….nearly perfect weather to be in the mountains. See you in a couple days!!!