|Sacred Cow Wall
This long corner gives you plenty of time to savor. The climb doesn't have many tough sections but it doesn't really let up either. Hong's distinctive anchors can be seen at the top of this pitch.
This huge corner is hard to miss. It lies just to left of the Steve Caruthers Memorial route.
pro to #3 camalot but lots of extra in the .75 to #1 camalot sizes. Don't forget to bring two ropes on this one.
Climber on Karin's Corner.
Karsten on a Steve Hong classic
From: Vandalia, Appalachia
Jun 3, 2009
This route was actually the site of the longest whip I've taken at the Creek. It was the end of the day, we had done all the .11s, as well as a couple runs on Sacred Cow, but there was still some daylight left. I decided to cool-down on Karin's Corner, since it was "only" a 5.10(+) in the guidebook.
Anyway, I immediately realized that it was going to be harder than expected. At the sustained, blank, ringlocking section about 3/4 the way up the route, I decided to run it out a little to save energy. About 20 feet above my gear, I placed another piece, pulled out a bunch of rope to clip, and then peeled off. It was probably a 50-footer or so. Scared the hell out of me.
For this reason, I am glad to see that grade for the route on here is .11-! I've gotten on it since the whip, and it still feels very hard, sustained, definitely more so than, say, Fatted Calf around the corner.
Jun 8, 2009
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c
way harder than fatted for sure. it is kind of slippery, steep, sustained, and that annoying size between huge thumbstacking and tight hands.