|Jared entering the classic |
chimney pitches on Epinephrine.
Needless to say, there aren't a lot of traveling climbers in the area during the summer so the classics are vacant. But you still have to beat the heat.
Our solution to this problem was a 3pm start for the mega-classic Epinephrine. We still suffered through triple digit heat and a sunny approach, but the Black Velvet Canyon was shady and offered a relative reprieve. Unfortunately, the late start in the late summer meant that we were caught by night on the final ramp leading to the summit. Fortunately for us, I think the reports of a difficult descent are generated by inexperienced climbers. We found the descent very straight-forward, except below Frogland, and were back at the car in short order.