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Gaining the clean jam crack on pitch 3 of Balancin...
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About 200 yards to the west of Mudterm, across a small drainage, is a complex buttress. On its right-hand side there is a clean prominent facet split by an attractive jam crack. This is the route.
Pitch 1: Start below and right of the upper facet in a dihedral with a delicately balanced pillar (5.7).
Pitch 2: Class 3 and 4 climbing leads past a few bushes to a belay spot beneath the obvious roof.
Pitch 3: Climb past the overhang to easier rock in the jam crack above. (5.9)
Pitch 4: Continue up the crack and through a steep but easy v-slot splitting the top of the pillar.
Pitch 5: Move slightly left and follow the crest of the buttress as it levels off.
Descent: Downlead a short pitch to the right (western side of buttress). Then scramble down the brushy gully all the way to the base. There are a few moments of interesting class 3 along the way. The easiest line appears to trend toward the left (western) side of the gully.
Standard rack, small wires.
BETA PHOTO: Mudterm Area. A=Mudterm, B=Balancing Act, C=Kic...
The dihedral on pitch 1 of Balancing Act contains ...
By J. Thompson
From: denver, co
Jun 5, 2005
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
A fun route!! Thanks for letting me in on this gem larry!!