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Great, long pitch that goes up the center of the Sea of Glass wall. Start in a seam that trends slightly left. It opens up in places and you can get some good gear in from time to time. End at a three-bolt belay located just left of a large bush.
Note: I think the Ruckmans goofed in their guide. On the photo topo they've got it right. But I think the description is off. The written description for "Sea of Glass" (5.9+) is actually the description of the route Glasnost. And from what I saw of the cliff, Sea of Glass is 25 feet left of Glasnost and not the other way around.
In the middle of the wall. It's the obvious left-leaning seam-that-turns-into-a-crack that is to the right of the glassiest part of the wall.
Micro nuts, a set of regular nuts, micro cams, regular cams to number 3 Camalot.
|By Tristan Higbee|
May 28, 2009
This thing is barely R-rated, in my opinion. Yeah there are a couple long runouts but the gear you do have is pretty bomber. This is a really cool route. I don't think it gets done very often... There were all sorts of cobwebs on the holds. I gave it three stars because I love moderate runout routes. Your mileage my vary. The 5.9+ to the left looks rad. Next time.
And thanks for whoever it was (I'm guessing James) that put in the bomber anchor.
Jun 20, 2011
Don't have the Ruckman guide in front of me, but I did at the route. I think they have it right both on the description and the topo.
I also like moderate runouts but this one didn't really do it for me, though with some cleaning it has potential. I'm rating it 5.7 1-star because I felt like I was just dancing aroung trying to find good rock above so-so gear. Pulled one baseball size hold off about 20' up with only 2 rp's in, so that may have colored my perception.
Bring a wire brush for this one.
Nov 8, 2012
Didn't find it that dirty. Fun route. Although I do think it was more like 5.8+. And it is indeed called Sea of Glass.