What a fun route! Scramble up the sweet, right-facing corner (5.6) to the "Ribeye Flake" belay. Climb up right on moderate ground to an obvious seam - continue up on beautiful, water-polished rock. Clip the route's lone bolt (I'm not sure if this bolt was added after the FA by the infamous "Greyrock Retrobolter", or if it was placed by the FA Team - certainly possible considering where the bolt is located and the general look of it - when compared to the shiny new bolts that abound on the surrounding slabs). Climb softly through the route's crux - excellent slab moves on perfect stone. Follow the obvious, arching crack to about mid-way, place a big cam and then savor the "exciting exit moves" on the slab above. Sweet!!!
Rap from the tree anchor on Cow Pie Ledge to the ground with 2 60m ropes, or make a single 60m rap to an easy downclimb.
This route is mislabled as route #40 in the NC3 guide. It is actually the route labeled #39. There is also a lone bolt on the route not described in that book - to be sure the NC3 guide is an invaluable resource for the Greyrock climber - but on the NW Slab topo many route #s do not match their descriptions.
Ribeye Flake area, NW Slabs.
A few cams to 4 inches, stoppers. There's one bolt on the route.
|By Kevin Landolt|
From: Fort Collins, Wyoming
Oct 13, 2010
I'm pretty sure the lone bolt was placed by the FA team - the R rating was describing the 15+ feet of 5.9 slab above the Ribeye Flake - I gave this route a PG-13 rating, because the 5.9 climbing is secure (positive holds) and you have a good #4 C4 placement below - don't fall here, though - as the slab below could reek havoc on your ankles. Excellent climb - so far, my top three favorites for the NW Slabs include Cows in Space (10b R), Cows are People Too (this route), and Turbo Pup (10b PG-13). Get after it, woo hoo!!! What a cool place to spend an afternoon cragging.