This follows a line of well-placed bolts through some fun holds to a blocky finish and nice anchors.
More interesting and rewarding climbing than its neighbors, Gates offers some fun movement on good holds. The finish offers a couple different options. The more difficult of the two (in case you can't feel around for the easy way) is probably 5.8.
This is left of Lunch Bucket Crack.
5 bolts, 2 bolt anchor w/ chains.
A bit runout between the last bolt and the anchors. Bring a #2 Camalot to protect the final moves if you're so inclined.
|Comments on Gates of Crystal
|By Ryan Barlow|
Nov 17, 2011
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c
This is a fun route, more challenging and more fun for experienced climbers that the lunchbucket crack. I lead climbed it, and there was some runout between bolts near the top, but I was able to do it while feeling safe. Maybe not a good climb for people just starting to lead climb though. While on the rock I was always able to find some sort of hold, even if I just had to look for a little bit, making it almost like a scavenger hunt! Good clean rock the whole way.