Intro/Strategy

271 Pegasus is stunning alpine bliss. Cool cracks, stances/ledges at most belays and very moderate difficulty make this nearly a beginner wall if not for a few piton sections. The approach is substantial but once you're on route it feels Washington Column cruiser.

 

*Approach: Allow a full day to approach and filter water and get to or near the base of the climb. From Miror Lake the trail back to Watkins is beautiful and mellow. From there, the trail is much more vague but generally you continue up the Tenaya creekbed until you are in an open area and can see the talus approach to Quarter Dome. Filter water here. The final 1000' of talus to the base of the climb is steep and scrambly in parts, but also provides a couple nice flat places to sleep if you aren't going to make it all the way to the climb.

 

*Plan:  Because of the length and difficulty of the approach QD is better as a fast and light alpine wall. If hauling bring a 8mm hauline and take only essentials. Luckily, the temperature inversion is significant in this area, with Fall nighttime temperatures in the 50s.

 

*Ledge: The base of the route is an amazing exposed  bivy ledge. The bivy ledge in the middle of the route is good for 2, but not huge. The Summit is alpine bliss.

 

*The Elements: Quarter Dome is in the shade till late afternoon.

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