Uschi Diegard Ridge
FA – G.Cornell, Sept. 2011
The only way you can spot this ridge is from high up a nearby peak like Burns or preferably Shunga-La-Shi and only one good viewpoint from the ground through trees where you see the 80% of the ridge. Once you are below it across from the east end of Gibraltar you can definitely see it but will appear as a open brown hump not worth walking up really, however if you glimpse it through the trees a 1km or so before you appreciate its’ beauty. It was spotted from the Tunnel ‘o Fun cave on Shunga.
If you don’t bike the approach I would say skip this and Gibraltar until you can pop your chain back on or blow up that flat tire. It is about 8km and wonderful I may ad, with a bridge, creek crossing, magnificent views of Gibraltar, consider autumn; the valley is lit up in colour.
Once you spot it in the ridge, maybe take a digital photo for later reference of what you can see of the start, like contour of land, maybe a certain tree or rock so should for 1km later. Stash your bike, and find an appropriate place to start the ridge and begin going up. Keep to the right and if your lucky will see shells in the scree in certain parts of the ridge. Follow it up. At a obstacle in the ridge go left and up a short wall to regain the ridge. Keep undulating like a roller coaster and it will turn rightward a bit(NE). The small summit is tackled from around the corner to the left via a very short easy but exposed weakness, that faces Burns. Cheer and return the same way.