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Re: Mt. Oscar: A Rough Guide to Mt. Oscar
« Reply #30 on: May 18, 2010, 11:30:28 PM »
830' Girdle Traverse first ascent across the entire cliff band at Mount Oscar in Zealand Notch. 5 1/2 pitches at 5.8R, A0.
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Re: Mt. Oscar: A Rough Guide to Mt. Oscar
« Reply #31 on: May 18, 2010, 11:31:37 PM »
830' Girdle Traverse first ascent across the entire cliff band at Mount Oscar in Zealand Notch. 5 1/2 pitches at 5.8R, A0.
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Re: Mt. Oscar: A Rough Guide to Mt. Oscar
« Reply #32 on: May 19, 2010, 06:21:11 AM »
Always in good style jamie!
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Re: Mt. Oscar: A Rough Guide to Mt. Oscar
« Reply #33 on: May 19, 2010, 07:17:18 AM »
Way to go!  That's a nice cliff with some great routes.

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Re: Mt. Oscar: A Rough Guide to Mt. Oscar
« Reply #34 on: May 19, 2010, 09:09:12 AM »
that's great Jamie. congrats to you & Jon. I'll bet it was a wonderful adventure. I love to do girdle traverses. the ones on Whitehorse are fantastic. did you give it a name?
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Re: Mt. Oscar: A Rough Guide to Mt. Oscar
« Reply #35 on: May 19, 2010, 09:19:03 AM »
Nice, I'm gonna tell Paul Ross though  :D "The Girdler"

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Re: Mt. Oscar: A Rough Guide to Mt. Oscar
« Reply #36 on: May 19, 2010, 12:58:00 PM »
Does going for the girdle mean you consider the crag climbed out? Or just that you don't like to keep starting over from the bottom with muddy shoes? ;)

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Re: Mt. Oscar: A Rough Guide to Mt. Oscar
« Reply #37 on: May 26, 2010, 10:02:06 PM »
Copied from my post in General climbing:

"There has been some other activity since these listings.  In particular: a blunt arete immediately to the right of Oscar the Grouch called Oscar the Slouch- same start (grade 5.10+, Syke, Lee), a 830' girdle traverse called Oscars Wilde's Adventure (grade 5.8R, A0, 5+ pitches {140' (5.8, 140' (5.7), 170' (5.8, A0), 170' (5.7), 180' (5.8r) + 30' simo climb. Cunningham, Sykes alternating leads}, and a project up and right of Perez Highway (whose? so stay away until the red flag is gone- thanks)."
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Re: Mt. Oscar: A Rough Guide to Mt. Oscar
« Reply #38 on: June 01, 2010, 07:25:24 AM »
You guys are badass.

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Re: Mt. Oscar: A Rough Guide to Mt. Oscar
« Reply #39 on: July 25, 2010, 12:21:54 PM »
I climbed over there last week and Jon Sykes and Mike Lee were there and nice enough to point out the climbs.  Thanks guys and thanks for putting up the great routes.  Yet another place to thin the crowds out at the more crowded crags like Cannon.

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Re: Mt. Oscar: A Rough Guide to Mt. Oscar
« Reply #40 on: August 02, 2010, 09:38:27 AM »
Troy and I got out here for the first time yesterday (brilliant idea, Troy!) and had a great time.  Three other parties, but no waiting; sunny but cool, few bugs, little seepage - not sure it could have been better.
I'll add my accolades to those developing the routes.  We did five, in 6 pitches, and thought all were high-quality and true-to-stout for their ratings.  With the exception of the right-hand unnamed .9, which eases a bit up top, all routes made you pay attention from the high-ball starts right to the end.
Those moves from face to crack on the .9 are pretty wild (especially if you're short), and the entire Randy's Superwhateveritwas was excellent, althought that's the route we split in two, and the gear I got off the first (low) belay was a crappy C3 and two so-so tapered brassies.  Keeps you on your toes.

I've got some pics to post, especially of the team doing Oscar (?).  We heard Tradchick singing her way up one of the .9s (whoohoo, you two) and met Dawn and Scott (thanks for helping John and Jamie!).

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If it's overhanging, I'm probably off-route.

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Re: Mt. Oscar: A Rough Guide to Mt. Oscar
« Reply #41 on: August 02, 2010, 09:47:32 AM »
How's the animal dump doing these days ?  :o

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Re: Mt. Oscar: A Rough Guide to Mt. Oscar
« Reply #42 on: August 02, 2010, 09:53:50 AM »
We didn't smell a thing...
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Re: Mt. Oscar: A Rough Guide to Mt. Oscar
« Reply #43 on: August 02, 2010, 08:16:44 PM »
Last month there was a freshy Half eaten moose at Fish and Game's favorite dumping ground less than 100' from a running stream.  Oscar tradition is enduring the moose smell on the otherwise fine bike or hike in.  Glad every one is enjoying the place.
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Re: Mt. Oscar: A Rough Guide to Mt. Oscar
« Reply #44 on: August 03, 2010, 12:27:44 AM »
At least you don't have to pack in as much food
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