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An amazingly continuous hand crack that begins from the platform reached after the steep steps on the Northeast approach, directly left of Teacher's Lounge. The route starts after the two pitches moving up and left through ledges and bushes and back right to Teacher's Lounge ledge as described in Patent Pending and the Northeast Buttress approach. The route is easily located from the Teachers Lounge above and to the left (around the corner) of the rap anchors for New Wave and Broken Tree. The line starts out a hand crack and continues that way for about 110' where it reaches a little hollow offwidth section and is 5.9 all the way. The offwidth section is much easier climbing and a good place to rest. It continues on for about 20-30' to a bulge. If you look left from there you will realize the rap anchors are hidden around the corner on the column on your left (look for a bolted hanger facing you that tells you where the anchors are around the corner and protects the move to the anchors, you can not see the anchors unless you lean way back so thank goodness someone put the bolt there because I was getting ready to try to pull the bulge above me). The line is, as a friend of mine put it, sicko good and was the best line we found on the tower at that grade by far!!!
Bring as many pieces around a #2 Friend (1.5-2.5) as you have. You can occasionally go a little bigger or a little smaller but not often. Medium hexes were way cool to have in that range also.
The two white dots (bottom is me, top is Travis Ry...
Starting the 2nd Pitch.
The finger crack start of Assemblyline.
Jim Lynch, from New York, takes on the Stellar and...
In the enduro thin hands section...
Roberto Gallina coming up Assembly Line. October 2...
The crack goes on and on and on...
Jason near the top.
Crowds! Anders heading up the enduro section.
Me on Assembly Line
Russ from a distance
On the top of the second pitch right before a hail...
|Comments on Assembly Line
|By Brad Schildt|
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 1, 2003
The route does continue to the summit, through some fun, small roofs. Easier climbing and a great way to summit.
|By John Gunnels|
From: Gillette, WY
Apr 8, 2006
One word says it all... CLASSIC...
Aug 25, 2006
Hard to beat, esp. when combined with New Wave. Bang out the final pitch with a rope-stretcher on your 60m and you're on the top.
|By Cameron Luth|
Oct 16, 2006
This climb was intense. I climbed it 2 weekends ago, and let me tell you my calfs where pretty burnt after.
|By tim naylor|
Aug 29, 2007
Judd is a friend of mine and will probably be happy to hear of the good reports, I am trying to get him climbing again. His 13yr old son and 11yr old daughter are naturals.
|By Dr. Evil|
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 6, 2007
A lovely jamming experience on the first pitch, then easier but still fun upper pitches. Watch out for the attack of the killer swarming insects (termites?) on the summit.
From: Burlingame, CA
Jun 6, 2009
Fingers at the start were the crux for me, but had good rests. The hands section was cruiser but certainly sustained.
We took the next pitch all the way to the top with 60m, and I thought this was way better climbing than Meadows finish (steeper, more exposed, and more solid).
Oct 20, 2009
For crack climbing, it doesn't get any better than P2 on Assembly Line. We combined (simulclimbed) the bottom 2 pitches and did the last pitch in one push and topped out. 3 pitch climb. (Be careful to not overshoot the traverse to the belay station near the top of the main crack.) The $ pitch is sweet, but very strenuous and sustained.