Pacific Ocean Wall is the large scoop on the right hand side of Old Sandstone--it looks like a crashing wave. Also, it looks like the crux is under the wave or pulling out of it. Wrong.
Thin but positive flakes bring you to the lip of the wave. Above the lip, expect sloping handholds and subtle smearing--classic sandstone climbing. A few tough, insecure pulls deposit you at the top of one of the best routes at Devil's Lake.
I led this today. #00 TCU and Astro-nut at the tip of the wave, another nut and #0 TCU a bit higher. Gear would probably pull on a fall but it would have been possible to bail at key points and hang on it. :) An OUTSTANDING climb.
By Remo From: Madison, WI Oct 13, 2007 rating: 5.11d7a24VIII25E5 6a
By Tom Petraitis From: Evanston, IL May 4, 2009 rating: 5.11d7a24VIII25E5 6a
I can distinctly remember the first time I was at Old Sandstone running up to this rock and gasping! What a beautiful line. I could not imagine it was climbable, only something a person could dream-of-climbing. One does not need to climb it to appreciate it.