FIVE FINGERS IS A TOTAL BLAST!
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This is a class 2 and class 3 hike. There is rock climbing involved and the exposure will definitely get your attention. Also, the way up to Five Fingers is very steep, and the terrain is uneven, sandy, and often requires climbing over obstacles in your path. That being said it is a really fun hike, and the rock climbing isn't too difficult as long as you are very careful. Also, if you are interested in just coming along for the exercise the rock climbing component is optional. This hike is 2 miles with an elevation gain of 1600'.
05-07-2011. Climbing up to Aquila
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- We will drive for about 45 minutes to the Five Fingers Trailhead [masked], [masked]). There is a decent dirt road at the end so we should carpool to the trailhead.
- We will make the steep ascent to the fingers, and then climb Aquila [masked], [masked]).
- We will hike back down to the cars.
[masked] On the way down Aquila.
It is important that we all understand the rating system that organizers use on their hikes. For my hikes I generally use something close to the Yosemite Decimal System. I have seen many different versions of this system, and many are adamant that their version is the right version and etc.. The best description I have seen of the five classes that seems to encompass the most general idea may be found at Climber.org under ‘Five Classes of Climbing Difficulty’ ( click here ).
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