Making it look easy on a fine winter day. January ...
Thin face climbing that requires more technique and trust than power. Crux comes around last bolt and to the anchors. The route can be started from atop the boulder/wall or from below the boulder/wall. Starting down low makes for a run-out to the first bolt but the climbing is fairly easy.
Five bolts to chain anchor. Accessed by the easy scrambling on top of the Lower Buttress below the main wall. Anchor can be reached from the top to set a TR if you're really desperate and cautious but best to sling the boulders for a TR anchor.
Photos of Dave's Face (a.k.a. Sale at Mervyn's) Slideshow
Excellent that you want to replace them, Curt. Thanks. Obviously, steel biners are best but expensive. Any type of aluminum biner works but, as you've seen, will wear pretty quickly. Bent gate biners are nice and easier for clipping but not required. I'm in the habit of using one steel, one aluminum with the steel preferably taking most of the load. I have some nice steel biners (there's one on Holy Wall now) that I'll be glad to place one on this route next time I'm there.
...was just chatting with Luke at dinner tonight about the renaming of this route way back when to "Sale at Mervyns." Mervyns is a high-quality purveyor of high-quality Chinese made crap. A department store, if you will. Or at least they were. On Earth Day 1989 or 1990 (can't remember which year), Mervyn's undertook a mass effort in which the firm hung little plastic bags filled with advertising junk on every door in Los Alamos (and likely most of northern NM). Mike, Paul, and I were headed out to do this route. Hence the name change. Only later did we learn about a bloke named Dave having top-roped it or something. Kudos to Dave. Kudos----NOT----to Mervyns.