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Midnight Peak & GR385487

Midnight Peak is actually a nickname of an unnamed peak south of Mt. Baldy. It has a south peak, which is somehow nicknamed as “Midday Peak” by So. I ascent them both, but I will call the "Midday Peak" as the south peak of Midnight Peak. This peak is supposed to be an easy scramble. But somehow due to navigation error, I ended up upgrading it to a difficult scramble. Non of the web authors has done the same route as I did, so I’m gonna name it as “NNW Ridge Route”. I strongly not recommend light heart scramblers to attempt my route, because of two obvious reasons. One is that, there’s at least 3 or 4 other routes that are either easy or moderate. The second one is that, this route involves: bushwhacking, loose talus slope climbing, difficult rock band, difficult slab crack climbing, exposed traverse of down-sloping slabs, and a long exposed knife-edge ridge walk. The ridge thing is as exhilarating as Mt. Lady MacDonald’s summit ridge, but definitely much longer. And that’s not the crux. I felt the down slope slab part is the most difficult of the entire route. So you need to have difficult scrambling experience before trying this one. The detailed route description is incorporated into each photo. Too bad I didn’t take picture on the crux slab, as I was too concentrating on route finding to take picture.The traverse from N peak to S peak is very simple but takes energy. My mom was waiting for me at the treeline so I cannot descent the same route as So did, instead I had to get back up to N Peak again. I used the NW face / gully for descending. It's mainly a huge tedious talus slope. But some snow slopes also offer great glissading. With all of these, it took me 9 hours in total...

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