|West Face - Left Side
This route starts at Pine Tree Ledge. Pitch 1 (crux) is a steep face with some crack holds, and insecure climbing. An easy second pitch takes you to the top.
Jul 30, 2007
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a
This is a fun and challenging pitch with interesting moves and varying styles. Small cams (down to blue and black aliens) and nuts are definately recommended, but there is plenty of protection when you need it - just be a good leader and make sure you use pro opportunities when you see them! These pitches can also be linked to within scrambling height of the top using a 60m (to a large tree anchor), though the follower might have to tear down the anchor and move up a few feet while the leader moves over easy (though difficult to protect) terrain above. This is also a great alternative option if you find yourself stuck in the cue to head up Piton Pooper and Royal's Arches above.
From: Oak Park, CA
Jul 5, 2011
exciting fun. many thins. there's a fixed pin along the first vertical crack section on the first pitch. also another fixed pin with old flimpsy o-ring along the up-and-right traverse toward the end of that first pitch; probably wouldn't even hold bodyweight, but the relic helped point the way, bec almost got tempted to go the wrong way around the last arete to the left into a blind shallow corner that would soon trough out (from looking down from above afterward)