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Black Tusk In The Autumn Mists # 3262

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Date: October 2002
Vantage Point: From Desolation Pass

Caption: The NE side of the Black Tusk as fall clouds swirl around the mountain.

PhotoDescr: This photo shows the three summits of the tusk. On the highest peak, the left most bump is the "standard" hiking summit. To its right, across the gap, is the True Summit. See Reynold Schmidt's photo essay "Solo and Free On The Black Tusk" for more info. One must down climb into the loose notch between the two then up to attain this infrequently visited summit.

The infamous, probably-unclimbed "Bishops Mitre" is the pointy right-hand spike right of the true summit pinnacle. You would have to climb over or traverse the true summit to reach this.

I like the Tusk because it was the first real technical (class 2-3 scramble) summit I ever climbed. As a teenage scrambler I compared most of the peaks listed in Fairley's guide against this route to determine if I stood a chance of making it up them or not.

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