|The Early Bird Crag
Nice slab route to set a top rope on for the kids or as a first time lead. As with most Maple Canyon routes the bolts are close together. The route ends at anchors on top of a ledge that also forms a belay station for The Percolator (5.12a). The anchors seemed quite high in position relative to the ledge but were still reachable for purposes of setting a top rope.
When you first come around the corner of the approach trail to the main face of The Early Bird Crag you will see three flakes headed to a ledge directly up trail. This is the first line of bolts on the face of the third flake.
Six bolts to wide spread quick link / rap ring anchors. Due to the width between the anchors using short draws to set an opposing gate anchor for top rope may not be suitable.
|By James Taylor|
Jul 6, 2013
The kids really enjoyed this route scrambling up without hesitation. They seemed even more comfortable on this route than in the gym - perhaps because of the slab or maybe because the large cliff in the background makes the climb to the ledge seem less intimidating.