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Cat Tracks is in pink leading to the Easter Island...
This route starts at the base of The Halidome in the 'Central Sector' and finishes 3 pitches later at the left margin of The Catwalk. From here, several multi-pitch routes continue on to the top of the crag. To get to the start, see the approach description for the base of The Halidome. The start of Cat Tracks is shared with King of the Mountain.
Pitch 1: 5.9+, 5 bolts and 2 or 3 medium cams (1.5" to 3"), 2-bolt anchor, 70'. Find 3 bolts on an easy slab below a big ledge. Once on the ledge, move right into a corner/crack (one bolt, gear). Climb the dihedral for about 20', step out right (bolt), then move up and right to a ledge.
P2: 5.11c, 10 bolts, 2-bolt anchor, 75'. Climb 50' of perfect stone on a pretty granite slab to a short overhang and headwall. The slab is mostly about 5.8 and has a tricky crux about halfway up. The headwall provides a second crux section. After the final bolt step right around a small arete to the anchor.
P3: 5.6, 4 bolts, 2-bolt anchor, 55'. From perfect stone on P2, the rock turns a little sour as you zip up and right to The Catwalk. The anchor is on a small ledge where a couple steps to the right puts you on The Catwalk, left of the EIH.
P2 and P3 can be easily linked but you won't be able to see your partner on the crux pitch.
Descent: Rap the route. You can descend in two raps with a 70m rope. From the anchor at The Catwalk a 70m rope just reaches the anchor at pitch one. Using a 60m rope will require three raps.
Cat Tracks is the only route thus far that climbs up to The Catwalk. Combining this start with one of the routes above The Catwalk makes for a nice 6 to 7 pitch outing on The Halidome.
The 'Central Sector' at the base of the Halidome (see description for the approach), approximately in the center of the crag. Start is shared with King of the Mountain.
15 draws and small to medium cams.
|By Harald Harb|
Oct 24, 2011
Diana and I did the bottom three pitches today. Although it was supposed to be 85 degrees in Denver, we froze on Halidome. And we live in the mountains and should have know better. It was the wind, it was brutal, my feet were tingling like after you freeze them in ski boots, so we bailed, at the Cat walk.
Anyway, the climbing is brilliant, again, great job putting up these routes, Mark and Richard. Thank you.
We both found the 5.11c pitch very difficult, it might be style, we don't climb this level of granite, friction, often. Be aware this is the real deal, I would not expect 5.8 climbing (as Mark wrote) there are a few, very few, 5.8 moves in the pitch, but the cruxes (especially the middle one) Mark you are too modest, are sustained and are 5.12a or 5.11d, on the second pitch. We will be working these climbs for some time, they are absolutely the best. Becoming a hard man means paying the dues and Halidome makes you pay. I want to learn to climb this kind of rock well, we will be back.