Five Finger Traverse
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|FA: ||Bill Crick,1973|
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|Submitted By: ||Havier on Jun 18, 2012|
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Five Finger Block West Face, Five Finger Traverse
Start on the right edge of the West face of Five Finger Block, traverse left across the lower face towards Five Finger Arete Route, the opposing arete. Avoid using the ledge system that forms and keep to the face. The crux is towards the end of the traverse.
Located on Rim Road, drive to the main climbing area and follow the right path at the picnic area down to the clean face of the block(West).
Five Finger Block's West face is clean and for the Mills this face sees some of the most sunlight in the entire park. After a big rain it is usually the first to dry up along with being the first to thaw in the spring. Bolts are located on the North side of the West face for around 20-30 foot TR climbs. The rest of the block can be bouldered with numerous variations and top-outs, some bad falls and a pad is helpful. Head to the north end where a small boulder sits on a ledge for easy down climbs or to set up a TR. This is a great place to warm up or for beginners. It is typically a less crowded block.
Crash pad and spotter to follow you with the pad would be the safest measure, certainly to take for beginners but depending on skill level, it can be done without.