Only Way To Fly
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The route starts on the left side of the dark water marks and tiger stripes located in the center of cracked wall. It follows the somewhat odd shaped crack up the wall and then traverses left to the anchors once the wall stops overhanging. It is a fun lead and the re-bolting now offers the possibility of top roping both Curly's Shuffle and Western Airlines.
The route was recently rebolted by Joe and Ken so it goes all sport now. It's a good lead and is very well protected. There are six bolts and the anchors at the top also include biners that hang from the chains so you can just clip and lower. (check for wear first)
|Comments on Only Way To Fly
|By Nick Fuller|
Apr 28, 2013
The two biners that are above this route are showing wear and may need replacement; one of these has a gate that no longer engages correctly.
This is just a comment as to the condition of permanent protection. It seems like these biners are an obvious finish to Only Way to Fly but I can see by the discussion that it might not be the case.
|By Dave Bevan|
Mar 8, 2004
6 bolts! I seem to recall this being a one bolt climb!
|By Andrew Gram|
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Mar 9, 2004
This route is more fun if you take a small rack and climb all the way to the anchors directly above.
|By Chad Hinkle|
Jan 12, 2005
Maybe its just me, I think it is way easier to bring a small cam to use instead of clipping the new 3rd bolt.
|By Kristin McNamara|
From: SLO, CA
Jan 18, 2005
Chris has it wrong. The new bolts are supposed to be an entirely different route. You are supposed to bring cams up for that route.
From: Sacramento, CA
Aug 6, 2005
While leading this route earlier today, I had an interesting encounter. As I sunk my left hand into the crack to the right of the 3rd bolt while pulling through the crux, I heard the sound of *something* in there which apparently was not particularly fond of me shoving my mits into its proximity. Gingerly, I peered in to see my abductee. Not a cricket, not a bee nor wasp, but rather a very pissed off BAT was showing all its teeth and clearly not happy with my intrusive digits. I'm not sure if this bat has made a permanent home here or was just visiting, but a heads up nonetheless.
|By Kristin McNamara|
From: SLO, CA
Aug 9, 2005
Gosh, I hope it's not permanent. I love that climb.
|By vincent lopez|
Sep 27, 2005
generous bolts , no bats , good pulling, makes for one enjoyable route ...
|By Matt Luck|
Oct 18, 2011
Seconding Dave's comment, this was a one bolt climb.
If the other bolts are on a different route (as Kristin suggests), this route description should be edited. It needs to be edited anyway because you shouldn't "just clip and lower" off of the any part of the existing anchor but instead either make an anchor and lower off of your own carabiners or rappel off so that you minimize wear on the anchor.
|By Dwight Kroll|
Nov 30, 2012
Well, it was a one bolt climb and maybe my best climbing day (moment) ever. I remember launching out and being apprehensive about not being a particularly good climber, but it was coming together and I was too scared to fall after I launched out there. "Jesus Bob" and I worked at putting in the first 3/4" hand drilled bolt. However being young and antsy, I shortly conscripted my cluless next door apartment neighbor into belaying me (even though Anders never climbed (or belayed before)), but he seemed intelligent, sincere and responsible...and would probably call the authorities when I really got hurt.
I'm glad the route is now safer, however it sounds like there is an alternate to this line.
Kind'a don't want to go back there cuz it was another era and another time...(like my bitch'in girlfriend at that time would be 55 years+ today, yikes!) but sounds like Bishop Peak still captures the imaginition of you youngsters who know that they won the cosmic lottery.
So, go forth; climb and procreate!...(or at least pratice)....dwight
|By Ken Klis|
Jan 26, 2013
I'll try to be brief:
Only Way to Fly was a one bolt climb that, after grabbing the jug-crack, veered up and right on a ramp toward the Civilized Evil belay station. The bolt was in the black streak and made for an exciting move to the jug-crack.
A variation finish and bolt was added in the '80's, going up from the ramp at 5.10+ and runout somewhat.
A second variation, some call a new route with a shared start, was added in 2002. It climbs almost straight up, finishing at a bolted station. This is what most people erroneously call Only Way to Fly. Slater's guide tried to end the confusion by calling it Fly Away which never stuck. This line accounts for 4 bolts and is a sport climb.
The original 1-bolt-start had a 3/8" or 1/2" bolt that snapped upon inspection. It was also in the poor quality black rock on the right side of the moves. This fractured rock continues to break, not ideal for bolt placements. Some key holds have broken off in the black rock too, adding to the grade somewhat. 2 bolts were added at the start to replace the one original bolt -- being over to the left it kind of changed things some.