Peak:  "Palomino Point" (13er)
 Route:  From \"Grand Traverse Peak\"
 Range:  Gore
 Posted By:  supranihilest
 Date of Info:  10/02/2020
 Date Posted:  10/04/2020
Details

The traverse from "Grand Traverse Peak" to "Palomino Point" is just an easier version of the Grand Traverse. There was really no scrambling of note, just traversing across gullies and minor ribs on grass/dirt/scree/talus. Once near "Palomino Point" a couple of routes become apparent. We tried a couple we didn't particularly like. From the north there's a big, obvious dihedral. It's easy enough until the dihedral turns blank. A ledge cuts left but it's about a foot wide, capped with a bulging rock, and around the corner from this rock there are no hands. Feet are great but you're leaning back slightly with nothing to grab onto. No bueno. We down climbed and went up a west facing chimney which was Class 4, possibly Class 5.easy, and not altogether terrible, just quite exposed. The south side provides the easiest access; some minor scrambling leads to a short Class 2+/Class 3 slab which has a couple of exit options to the ridge top, then there's a short Class 2, highly exposed catwalk to the summit. We down climbed the south side and continued to "Mount Valhalla".


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