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Crown Molding is a stout warmup for routes on the main December Wall. The initial corner is sustained and treacherous with small gear. A fun bolt-protected hand traverse leads to a bolt-protected ceiling. Above an easier but awkward, right-angling crack leads to the anchors.
Re-reading Gillett's description, we may have missed a final optional finger crack.
It looks like this climb has only been climbed a couple of times. The chain anchors were brand new with no sign of wear from pulling ropes.
From the anchors, you can toprope the first two thirds of Door Jamb, the 5.9 chimney to the right. Because of the rope angle, you get to avoid the upper part of the chimney, which looks like even less fun than the bottom. The slab to the left of the upper part of the chimney is climbable to the anchors at 10 something.
The easiest way to find this is to start down the descent trail from the Life After James area. Immediately, contour east below a short wall, over a shallow rise, to a shaded wall by a tall pine tree. The chimney in the left-facing corner is Door Jamb. The right-leaning, left-facing corner to the left of the chimney is Crown Molding. If approaching from below, look for the buttress to the right of Life After James and aim for some pine trees diagonally down and right of that. To the right of Crown Molding is a more prominent wall with lots of ribs and gullies.
I used a bunch of microcams and a nut or two, plus a #3/blue Camalot in the upper crack. There are several bolts along the hand traverse and one for the ceiling.
The first crux is the initial corner, all the way ...
|By Rich Kelly|
Mar 22, 2009
Near the top of the right-angling crack is a shallow, thin crack corner which is the intended route. It serves up some fun 5.8 climbing leading to a ledge after 30+ feet. The anchors are on the wall behind this ledge and are not visible till you reach the ledge. Note that you can only slingshot this route with a 60m (or longer) rope.
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 13, 2009
This climb could take gear well, especially after you lead the start...