Central Chimney Direct
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This route sucks, don't do it. The Chimney is extremely obvious when you reach the base of the Dome. It starts with a small bulge/overhang and continues up the widening off-width to chimney for about 230 ft. to a large ledge. There is a large bird's nest in the crack which is difficult not to disturb as you thrutch by, pro is tricky unless you have Big Bros and the grade seems a sandbag for all except the off-width master. I didn't enjoy this route at all and only add it here so that others may be able to avoid suffering as I did. When I did this route we ended up having to do some rather sketchy simul-climbing, it is difficult to arrange a belay in the Chimney and it doesn't let up for over 200 feet, I think I got in two pieces of gear and slung a chockstone. Climb Sugar Magnolia.
BIG STUFF, ie. #4 or #5 Camalot, Big Bros etc.
Walkoff climber's left.
|Comments on Central Chimney Direct
|By Shane Zentner|
Apr 29, 2002
Difficult to protect unless you use bigger pieces. My #4 Camalot was not big enough. It's also hard to build a belay anchor inside the chimney. It's tempting to sling one of those big chockstones in the chimney, but don't do it! They are very unstable and are likely to come out when force is applied. Sugar Magnolia looks much better.