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This is a quick way to get to the legendary 4th pitch of Topo or to Bolts to Somewhere.
Start in an easy crack system well to the right of the Bishop Jaggers crack, just left of some trees. Establish a belay as high as possible if you want to make it with a 50 meter rope - a 60 would provide some breathing room.
Climb the crack then past two overlap-roofs(5.8), then up a bolted slab (5.10a) to Topo's third belay.
Gear to old school bolts.
Ryan leaving the 5.8 crack and stepping across on ...
Me scrambling up to the first belay. Jenny at the...
Starting the crack.
Past the crux and feeling good.
On the slab portion of Connections.
|By Dana Prosser|
Mar 5, 2008
Pitch 1 starts up moderate cracks as described above. When crack run out, make a few spicy 5.9 slab moves to reach crack under 2nd roof (on right side of picture). We then encountered 2 lines of modern bolts that were about 7 ft apart. my partner climbed the left line of bolts which seemed harder than 10a (maybe 10b?). This was a long pitch 170ft or so. We started belaying from the ground, which created lots of rope drag for the 5.9 traverse-best to scramble up 75 feet of low angle crack to set first belay.
|By Devan Johnson|
Jan 2, 2010
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a R
Very underrated climb! Bolts are now all modern and safe, but this is still no sport climb. Overall, a great way to get to the money pitch on topo.
|By Greg D|
Feb 2, 2010
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b
I have climbed several of the routes here. If one were to compare similar style routes and grades then Bolts to Somewhere is 10a, last pitch of Topographic Oceans is slightly harder @ 10b, then Connections must be 10c, relatively speaking. Definitely harder than the previous too. The slab crux is well protected, though. Do them all.