Trip Report: Rock Climb: Brighton Frighton

Rock Climb: Brighton Frighton
By Mark Maier
CLIMBING 07/29/2023 MOD-

Brighton Frighton is a small cliff tucked into the Brighton ski resort area. It faces north, and with the high altitude it is a shady, cool climbing refuge on a hot day. July 29 seemed like a perfect day to try it. It was perfect for others, there was a huge trail race at Brighton that day as well. We did manage to find parking and headed up. Getting to the Frighton is a little involved. It isn't too far, but the direct route goes straight through the girl's camp in between the main and Milly areas of Brighton. We thought it would be more polite to avoid that, but that involved an hour of off-trailing, talus hopping, and a bit of swamp wading to get there. Once there we found nice shade and breezes.

All the climbs are short, mostly trad. Mark, Bryan, and Wendell put ropes up on Fin of Fear (5.7), Fret Arete (5.10a), and Worrywart (5.9). We also worked in Scream Seam (5.10a), and Frank and Bryan went higher on the formation to put up Rusty Blade (5.8+). We all swapped around top roping, some people leading, and playing around with variations you can do from the anchors or gear of the main routes.

After Bryan and Frank went down the way we came up, the rest of us decided to top out via Lake Mary to see if that was a better alternative than the talus path. Mark and Laura topped out via Fear Less (5.7, and quite a grunt with packs on). Paul, June, Christine, and Wendell found some ramps varying degrees of easiness or sketchiness. We found an excellent set of rappel anchors above the Fear Less/Rusty Blade belay anchors, and this looks like a good way in and out. The Lake Mary trail easier, if longer, than the direct path, and if you can find the rappel anchors or one of the ramps you can drop to the cliff base easily.

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