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HMo on the belay
Mayflower is located on the right side of the Prow area, in the second to the last big right-facing corner (left of Fool's Game). I think this is the best 5.9 route at The Forks! First climb a short pillar with a finger crack in it (shared with Fool's Game) to gain a big shelf. Move left, place some gear, and make a big stretch across to an arete on the left. Climb the blocky holds on the arete (don't fall!) to gain the big right-facing corner above. Beautiful hand-sized jamming above takes you to the rim.
A selection of small (0 TCU) to #3 Camalot sized cams will get you up this in style.
BETA PHOTO: The step-across move.
Mark K. cruising up Mayflower August 2010
Unknown climber on Mayflower.
Heather Hayes plugging gear on Mayflower.
|By Brian Boyd|
Sep 25, 2006
The upper handcrack is friendly, but long. Think I placed four #2 camalots and a #3 in the upper corner. There was a fixed cam that nicely protected the step across as of September '06.
Jan 29, 2007
The top hand crack was like putting yourself on belay with each and every jam. This is the perfect warm up climb for the harder routes on the prow.
|By David Arthur Sampson|
Jun 25, 2007
Great climb for those that only recently started crack climbing (and probably a good warm-up for experienced crackers). This climb provides safe thrills!
From: Denver, CO
Nov 19, 2007
Great warm-up for surrounding harder climbs!! Hidden fixed piece overhangish area while traversing will save you a piece of your own. Top crack is heaven and didn't feel like stuffing too many pieces
Apr 22, 2009
fixed cam at step across is still there as of april 21 09. would be wise to back up, probably decking if it blew.
From: Tucson, Az
Jun 19, 2009
There is no fixed cam anymore
Aug 19, 2009
Just got back from an amazing Forks trip--climbed Mayflower today, and even though I have small/thin hands it was a great cupped-hand size, really solid. I love that exposed step across to the pillar! And yes, not to contradict Christian on the posting above, but as of 8/19/09 there is a fixed cam in the crack.
|By Dan Carter|
From: 1986 Spacecruiser in Space
Jul 12, 2010
First trip to the forks and had a great time! The fixed piece is still there. A guy I climbed with showed me an exciting start variation to this. Instead of going up the pillar, step off left into the dihedral and head up. Pretty cool and more direct. Great route!
From: Phx/Flg AZ
Apr 19, 2013
Fixed cam is gone (for real this time) as of 4/14/13.