North Face on Lexington Tower

Kelsey on the Stegosaurus pitch

Kelsey on the Stegosaurus pitch

We had ambition to get on a longer, classic line in the afternoon on Sunday, but it was far from warm and the routes we had our eye on were NW-facing, so we decided to start with an easy warmup route. The North Face of Lexington seemed like a good option, even knowing that it would be cold for the first two pitches.

The approach was straightforward, branching right where Concord tower met the normal Liberty Bell approach from Blue Lake. We traversed underneath Concord and then headed up the loose, steep gully to its highest point. It was much colder on Sunday than Saturday and we ended up climbing in all of the layers we'd brought and were still shaking uncontrollably at times.

The first pitch had some fun moves, especially just below the belay in a notch. The second pitch rambled a bit over some mossy terrain. I briefly checked out the steep corner on the right before deciding that it wasn't wise to pull the much-harder-than-standard moves there with my frozen hands. I traversed back left to the correct line and wove my way up to the ridge. The final "stegosaurus" pitch was great, with awesome views all around and some fun, exposed moves on the ridge

We celebrated briefly in the sun, down-climbed the final pitch, and then made two raps down to the col before scooting down out of the wind to enjoy lunch. That added up to my last summit in the Liberty Bell group and was lots of fun despite being a bit cold.