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A great face climb up the Wiessner Column. Sustained throughout with a handful of cruxy moves and occasional rests. There are a few loose flakes to beware of. Overall it is excellent.
Belay from a bolted station a ways below the column and solo up wide cracks (or bring some large pieces) to the first bolt. Resist the temptation to stem to the neighboring columns!
12 draws + anchor.
Ranger Bill gropes through yet another fantasy.
The big picture on Fritz's Fantasy.
|By 1Eric Rhicard|
Apr 13, 2006
Is staying on the pillar contrived or does stemming make the route harder? If you can easily stem to other good holds and it keeps the route in the grade or makes it easier then stem, otherwise it is contrived and does not deserve 4 stars. Get your second to clean off the loose flakes next time.
|By Kyle P.|
From: Lander, WY
Feb 21, 2009
Stayin on the column isn't contrived. The holds on the climb force you to traverse left/right on the column several times. Getting into the cracks next to the climb could be trouble because you wouldn't be able to reach the bolts, and getting back to them will wear you out. Best to stick to what you have in front of you. Hardest .10 I've done in Wyoming.
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 22, 2009
It is a bit easy to stay in the OW at the beginning (on the right side of the pillar), but was very happy I got on the face after the second bolt.
Exciting face moves and strenuous mantles!
I'd also swear there were around 14-15 bolts. I could also be crazy.
|By Shawn Heath|
From: Forchheim, Germany
Sep 25, 2010
rating: 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b
Super fun, technical climb. It'll remind you that you can climb on super tiny holds, or no holds at all. Also, you can place a .75 or #1 camalot in a horizontal crack between the 11th and 12th bolts. If you're short and can't reach the 12th bolt from the good stance, you'll be glad if you had placed that cam.
|By Jeff McLeod|
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 22, 2013
rating: 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ E3 5b
What an absolute pleasure to climb, although I cheated and stemmed out a couple times. 5.10b my ass! This is a stout 5.10 face climb with strenuous, delicate moves. It seems to go on forever. If you're not comfortable soloing 5.6 or so to get to the first bolt, bring some wide gear for the offwidth. It took longer than I expected.