The rock formation known as Mt. Hubris, also known as “The Ogre” (because an ogre’s face can be discerned on the mountain’s face during the approach), is perhaps the most imposing of the Castle Crags, a small group of precipitous granite peaks on the eastern side of northern California’s Klamath Mountains.
Although nearby Mt. Shasta commands the attention of all in the area, rock climbers cannot help but admire the Castle Crags and have a yearning to climb them, particularly The Ogre.
No easy route exists up Mt. Hubris, and most opt to climb it via the classic Cosmic Wall a 6-pitch rock climb (rated 5.6, but I’d put it at more like 5.7). Descent is typically accomplished via two long, steep rappels back down to the base or one rappel off the back side.
The plan is to drive to Castle Crags State Park on the first day, climb the route on the second day, then relax in camp that evening over a potluck dinner, and next morning enjoy breakfast in camp before the drive home.
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