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BETA PHOTO: Follow the draws and rope up Crosscurrent to Kelly...
This fun face climb is the line of bolts running roughly up the middle of Riptide Wall, and is one that I do at least once a year. I'ts only short coming is the rating drops considerably after passing the fifth bolt. Starting with a finger-tip lieback to gain a stance for the first clip, a series of thin face moves up nicely textured rock positions you at the third bolt, and the technical crux. (Although thin and balancy, I actually feel more secure on the crux than lower down between bolt 1 and 2). Work left to the fourth and fifth bolts, staying below the obvious feature of "Riptide". After the fifth bolt, head back right to the last three bolts above the diagonal shelf of "Riptide" to the chain belay.
8 bolts, chains at the top
By Daniel Winder
Nov 4, 2010
Long, sustained, and technical. Best route on the wall.