|Mule Hollow Wall
The rock was so delightful on Explorien (mentioned in the Ruckman Guidebook), we returned to establish a more direct line in the same grade. We did not feel it was a squeeze job, being quite a bit to the right of that route. Implorien implores the climber to problem solve the thin moves directly to the two bolt anchors. I sense it has become somewhat popular in the last few years, but it was largely unknown, so I enter it at this time.
Approach this to the far left side of the little "alley" formed by the rock and the ledge to the east. About at the end of the alley Explorien climbs up and trends right passing a piton, whereas Implorien "beelines" it directly to the two-bolt belay on the right edge and keeps on going.
Pitch #1: Climb the edges up the less than vertical wall to the two-bolt belay. One may continue here to the top of the wall, which is another flake of stone posing in front of the main wall. Rappel twice down the face to the base of the route. 5.8/9, 50m.
This is to the right of the Smoot classic, EXPLORIEN. It starts to the right and is much more direct to the very top of this part of the buttress. It continues past the anchors for another pitch. One may rappel the route with one 60m rope.
QDs. Two bolt belays at the top of each pitch. Rappel the route.
Aug 17, 2008
Confused. Where is Explorian? We found one bolt (with help) in a little alley 30 feet from the left edge of the main wall, but the next piece was a piton traversing to the right. The "bee-line" route was maybe a 5.7 or 5.8? Wear long pants or leave some blood on the trail.
Sep 1, 2008
Explorien is the one to the left. (5.8) The piton is the second "bolt". It veers right...up to the anchors. Implorien is the bolted line directly underneath the anchors. On August 30, 2008 there was a HUGE hornets nest on the second pitch of these routes. I noticed it before we went up. If you go up these routes you will have to rappell directly on top of this thing. BEWARE!!
|By Tristan Higbee|
May 28, 2009
Great direct start to Explorien. Par for the course as far as James's routes in the area are concerned: well protected, great rock, stellar climbing, neat holds. Can combine both pitches (Implorien and then the second pitch of Explorien) with a 60m rope.
|By Chris Komlos|
Jul 11, 2012
rating: 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c
Great bolted multi-pitch climb that starts on the south-ish end of the alley of Mule Hollow Wall. Very obvious line of bolts on 1st pitch, 2nd pitch has fewer bolts that are harder to spot, but they're there. Approach is very steep, but well marked and worth it for a peaceful spot in the shade with fantastic views and good rock.