The approach is relatively short and typically takes between 20-30 minutes, though the trail is steep and rocky. Trekking poles are highly recommended for approaching Goat Wall. Once at the base of the route, we will leave out packs, don rock shoes and rope up to begin the climb. The guide will carry a small pack with some water and a windbreaker and you are encouraged to stash anything you’d like in there, to enjoy the climb without a pack on. The first few pitches are more moderate and allow us to get warmed up before the climbing gets more difficult. The fourth pitch, while thankfully short, has a strenuous, steep, bouldery crux that requires some muscle and some helpful coaching. The final pitch is spectacular. Almost a full rope length, it features, steep and sustained 5.9 climbing. The best way to describe the signature pitch of this route is “never desperate, but always interesting”. From the top, we will often enjoy lunch with a great view of the valley before rappelling back down to the base of the route. A bit of scree skiing and we are back at the car.
- Climbers should know how to belay and be comfortable following rock up to 5.9.
- We generally leave packs at the base of the climb.
- Previous experience rappelling is helpful, though not required.