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The route begins up a pillar and continues into a crack that goes up the middle of a horizontal roof to it's edge. Around 30ft above the edge you'll find a small ledge to belay from. From here you can rapp down to the terrace, and then use the rapp bolts from the Bishop's Terrace route to reach the ground. A good route to practice roof aid techniques.
Ascends a horizontal roof up above Bishop's Terrace, and is best approached by climbing Bishop's Terrace (5.8).
Mostly fixed, but angles and circleheads can be useful.
|Comments on Bishop's Balcony
May 25, 2012
FA: Frank Sacherer, Gary Colliver - 11/1962
Pitch one, the approach pitch, historically used the 5.5 ramp (good quality) that accessed the right (east) side of the large, slopping balcony. This is approached by passing the base of Bishop's Terrace and proceeding up the steep gravel section. Once you reach the large boulder on top of the 700 Club, take a left and traverse a ledge to the west. Look for the ramp that climbs up and slightly right (5.5). This ramp is also a good place to take a beginner for practice either climbing or belaying off of a ledge, on natural gear, with exposure. There are chains at the top of this short pitch.