|By Ted Smith|
From: Scottsdale, AZ
Jul 16, 2010
I climbed the Classic yesterday and this picture is looking up the third pitch--as I climbed the route--from the belay point. Note the off-width nature of the first roof immediately in the foreground. I found a Camalot #6 protected it perfectly . Without it, a slip on the off-width moves would mean a nasty fall and possible broken ankle. Why not protect???
Also, it was only possible to protect the ramp--approx 40-50 ft of it with a Camalot #4 and #5. While the ramp is not difficult, the rock is smooth, and the angle is steep enough to result in death without protection. Big gear is good! Please be prepared.