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The Gravel Diving Albatross on the crux pitch of H...
First pitch is a very interesting traversing 5.8 crack, and a wave like rock. Second pitch is the crux. It is a beautiful thin hands/finder crack and goes at 10a. From there you get a couple 5.9 pitches, and then it eases off.
The route starts near the center of the Papoose. Look for the obvious traversing first pitch. It is very striking and hard to miss.
2.5 inch and smaller. You will need some runners for the first pitch.
Tristan leading Hairpin on the Papoose.
Photo by G...
Pitch 4 of Hairpin on the Papoose with the Chief i...
Tristan leading pitch 2 on Hairpin, Papoose.
with my son Tristan, at the belay on Hairpin
Looking up the 1st pitch. It's not wet...that's gl...
|By Andy Laakmann|
From: Bend, OR
Aug 4, 2009
Um, the upper pitches are much harder than 10a when you accidentally do the 10d variation! The Mclane Guide doesn't document the 10d variation very well, so I suspect many climbers unintentionally do it like we did.
That being said, the 10d finishing pitches are awesome and well protected. One bolt is missing a hanger, but the climbing isn't hard there and it is easy to sling a nut on it.
P1 - Fun 5.8 traverse. Don't F the second!
P2 - Awesome series of cracks separated by good ledges trending up. Seemed soft for 10a, but super fun.
P3 - Short but sweet 5.9 crack climbing that moves up and then left to the belay.
P4 - The 10d variation goes straight up. It's pretty technical for the grade. One bolt missing a hanger - thread a nut.
P5 - 5.9 slab climbing straight up. Fun.
Gear - One set of nuts, one set of small cams (nothing extra small needed), double C4s from 0.5 to #3 camalot. Slings.
All anchors are bolted. You could combine the two slab pitches, but it'd be all of a 60m rope.
|By Mark Roberts|
From: Vancouver, BC
Aug 7, 2012
Tons of fun, get on it. Every pitch is different than the last, all great. I agree with Andy, the 10a move felt soft. I grunted more on the bulge on the third pitch (and the final slab, but my slab technique is terrible.)
Leave your small pieces at home, didn't place anything smaller than a yellow Mastercam. Placed a #4 Camalot on the first two pitches though, but you could do without. Accepts big nuts beautifully.
Ignore the McLane guidebook's descent advice, go North not South!