|Type:||Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, Grade III|
|Consensus:||YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]|
|FA:||Paul Boving, Steve Pollack|
|Submitted By:||Lizzy Trower on Jan 30, 2006|
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Mar 21, 2008
|A spectacular line - best we've done so far on the Liberty Bell Group (but have not done West Face yet).|
By Greg Kuchyt
From: Richmond, VT
Aug 16, 2012
P1 move past some suspect flakes and a crack to the base of the chimney (plentiful solid gear at the mouth of the chimney and 5.7ish moves with minimal involvement in the chimney).
P2 move up and through the trees through easy terrain to a big belay ledge with two opposing corners, easily traverse left briefly around the small buttress of rock that forms the right-facing corner. This brings you to a left-facing corner/flake system that forms the lower NW corner. There is an obvious flake/horn and a tree (had a sling at one point) here. It may be possible to not hit the big belay ledge and opposing corners if you are trending left through out this pitch? The essential note is if you see two opposing corners at a nice flat belay ledge, go left around the buttress on the left.
P3 Follow the wide corner/flake past the first roof and a good ledge (optional belay) past a wide layback flake section to the "scary" undercling layback to a ledge with the pillar loaded with tat at the base of the NW corner proper.
P4 Obvious up the corner until you reach the obvious belay alcove.
P5 Up unprotected face (5.7ish) to the roof/left-facing corner transition. Up the corner past a short crux to an interesting exit move to easy terrain. From here it is your choice how to proceed (stop short and belay, run to the end of the technical climbing, etc). At one point it becomes very obvious the technical climbing is over.
Regarding gear recommendations. Double 4s (or a 4 and 3.5 works but is not as ideal) would be helpful, the 4" crack on the corner pitch is fairly consistently 4" for the first half to two-thirds of the pitch. As mentioned above a 5" piece could be helpful in a couple spots but is not necessary.
For the rap find the obvious bolted anchor on the SW side that leads into the W gully that splits North and South Early. A 70m rope would be ideal. A 60m rope will work, but you will rap off the ends of the rope for the first two rappels on to "easy" but exposed terrain (i.e. do not rap off the ropes uncontrolled or it could be bad). Double ropes obviously would work, though I'm not sure if it would allow you to skip a rappel or not. At the second rappel anchor (from the top) rappel into the skier's left gully to reach the next anchor.
By eric schweitzer
From: Bend, Oregon
Aug 24, 2012
|really good route! The route description in the comments section is an improvement on the official description. Our 60m got us through the rappels without having to rappel off the ends and downclimb (just barely though).|