Route: Convoluted Bliss - Merced River Drainage Ridge Traverse (CA)

California, US
68.1 mi

Convoluted Bliss is currently the longest completed alpine ridge traverse by distance in the United States (longer than WURL in Utah). It traverses around the entire Merced Lake Drainage in southeastern Yosemite, climbing a total of 51 peaks. It was first climbed over 8 days in August 2017. While small sections of the route require low 5th class scrambling, most of it involves class 2 boulder hopping. The entire 40-mile ridge portion of the route involves cross country travel. The total distance stats including approaching and deproaching the ridge is around 69 miles and 27,000 ft of gain. Detailed route information can be found here:

As of October 2019, over 2 years after the first ascent, only 3 people of the first ascent team have completed the route.

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