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The Great Depression - 5.9

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Consensus Ratings
  Difficulty 5.9
  Safety Rating PG13
  Exposure 5.00/5
  Rock Quality 5.00/5
  Scenery 5.00/5
  Fun Factor 3.00/5


FA Jack Delk, Ron Rockholt June 1982 - 6 Pitches. Climbs the cracks in the obvious depression in the Dome. This is also the Rappel for many routes.

Submitted by: sierraclimber1 on 2005-08-10
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Route ID: 68821

1 Ascent Recorded

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  Difficulty 5.9
  Safety Rating PG13
  Rock Quality
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: dingus on 1990-08-08 (View Climbing Log)

5 out of 5 stars Perhaps 2nd Ascent?

Angus Carbide, Ben Lagrone, Dingus Milktoast - spur of the moment decision to go climb this mysterious route. All we had were Spencer beta... hehe. We drove up onto Shuteye Ridge in Angus's old S-10 4wd - an R rated route in and of itself. Wandered down the slope following a telephone wire till it disappeared then bumbling downslope from there. We traversed under the dome. I lost my wedding ring somewhere between the truck and the base of the route. So if you find it say.... look me up will ya? The wife still hasn't forgiven me eh? So we picked The Great Depression at random, started up it (some chimneyish thing) and Angus led this stout buldge with poor pro. Very stout pitch. We ended up 'summited' out on a sub-dome and Angus led 'The X-Wall" we called it... a 50 or 75' high golden chickenhead face with two large dikes X'd across it, slinging chicken heads for pro. Wild finish to an awesome route. We got back to the truck before dark and so drove up to the lookout, another mile up the road. There we went up because there were some evil smoke clouds on the northern horizon, toward Yosemite. In the setting sun it looked freakin apocolyptic. There was an old dude up in the lookout, one of the older of the old school solitary fire lookouts. "Ten days on, five days off," he told us. He said he liked to get away from people but he was clearly glad to see us. That fire was freaky! Oh, the fire? The great Foresta Fire of 1990, had started the previous evening and by the time we topped out had churned into a firestorm. Anyone driving in the Crane Flat entrance to the park will see the scars of that fire to this day. It was a biggun. The fire dude told us to get out of there. He said 'I have a real jeep and I been coming up here for 20 years. No WAY i drive THAT ROAD at night.' We fled beneath nuclear skies and didn't get home till 3 in the morning. KILLER ADVENTURE!

Added: 2008-10-04