Dike hike - Monster Groove
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This is an excellent and surprisingly moderate line up the tallest part of this huge wall, and it ascends some very unique and contrasting features. As the name suggests, the lower half follows a huge dike, and the upper half follows a huge groove. With the exception of one 5.11 move (that can easily be A0'ed) the whole line is 5.10 and under. The exposure is big for this route due to the traversing nature of the line and the steepness of the wall below!
The route climbs the first 2 pitches of an old unfinished Haslam/Shull line along the amazing dike, and then continues along the same dike for one more pitch before gaining what is probably the largest and deepest groove on the wall.
Note: last I heard, Brian and Harrison were still interested in finishing their line up the groove that our traversing P3 crosses over, so we have refrained from climbing that.
P-1 Start below Groover in a short left facing corner. Climb up past some gear to a line of bolts that angle up and right along the large dike to a 2 bolt belay. 5.10
P-2 Continue along the dike for nearly a ropelength and belay just shy of a (usually) wet groove. This is the groove that Haslam/Shull intended on finishing the line with. 5.10
P-3 Climb past the first 2 bolts (Haslam/Shull) and cross the groove. Continue moving right along the dike passing a bolt for "Fruit Of The Poisonous Tree". Continue past some cams and a bolt to the Forbidden Fruit groove. Just past FF, clip a bolt and do a funky down-mantel and clip another bolt. Follow the dike another 30' to a belay just shy of the monster groove. 5.10
P-4 Climb the monster groove past bolts and gear (red C-3 is crucial above the 3rd bolt) to where the line moves into a smaller, right hand groove. Follow this up to a bolted belay. 5.11a
P-5 There are 2 good variations for this pitch:
Left variation - Move back left into the monster groove and climb this deep groove (chimney) past gear and bolts for about 190' to a bolted belay out right. 5.9+
Right variation - Move up and right and follow the cool streak and shallow groove past 4 bolts and gear to the same anchor. 5.10+
P-6 Move back left into the groove and follow it to the top, passing 1 bolt to a bolted anchor at 190'.
The start is somewhat hidden by vegetation. Starts uphill and left of an old abandoned Bayne project, and downhill from Groover.
Standard rack. Red C-3 for P-4 (a small tricam might work)
BETA PHOTO: Bryan Haslam leading pitch 2
End of pitch 3 just past forbidden fruit
Looking down the phenomenal groove of P-5
P-4 The crux of the route is coming out of the bul...
BETA PHOTO: Most of the route
By Bryan Haslam
From: Asheville, North Carolina
Nov 28, 2012
Great looking route. Harrison and I would love to complete our line someday. I've got a great pic of the second pitch I'll try to upload.