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One of the finest 5.2s on the face of the Earth. Do this in the winter or on a weekday or you'll end up in a hundred home movies.
Start almost in the tunnel. Climb steep but juggy rock up the back side of the rock to the summit ridge. Make airy moves along the summit ridge to the tippy top. Very few 5.2s reach a perch like this.
Rap straight down to the parking lot - I think one rope just makes it.
Angela Arp and Alison Larsen on top of Hitching Po...
Me at the top
Best to do this climb once the road has closed sin...
BETA PHOTO: The Hitching Post (with The Fan behind it) taken f...
|Comments on Hitching Post
|By Anonymous Coward|
Aug 1, 2004
When you rap down this route into the parking lot, make sure you top rope the 5.9 face called, I think, "Dog and Pony Show" There are different variations from 5.9- to 5.9+ This face has been lead at 5.9R/X because there is no gear to protect the crux slab about 20/30 feet up.
|By Jon Ruland|
From: Tucson, AZ
Jul 13, 2007
nice. where is this?
|By John Gunnels|
From: Gillette, WY
Aug 20, 2007
rating: 5.2 3 8 II D 2c
Beautiful summit... excellent protection!
|By Tyler Smeenk|
From: Laramie, WY
Aug 11, 2008
rating: 5.4 4a 12 IV VD 3c
Just heads up, if you see this 5.2 listed here and decide to solo this route, you should know that soloing this makes it more than 5.2 in my opinion. It felt like 5.4 to me, especially the last move, which is very exposed. Just my opinion though and a heads up.
|By Bob Kryzer|
Dec 2, 2008
You can also reach the lower perch on the backside of the summit by starting at the guardrails on the right side of the formation. Using this route is probably a 3rd class hike to the lower perch, than only about 15 feet of actual 5.2 climbing.
|By Andrew Krosbakken|
Aug 27, 2009
rating: 5.3 3+ 10 III VD 3a
If your in the parking lot, why not? It's an awesome summit and a very cool move to get on the summit. Its really easy but cool. bring a couple of slings, a tcu or two, a couple of nuts a mid sized cam.