Pony Keg ascends the fist/hand crack to the left of the Whipsaw arete, and is the first crack system right of Air Guitar. Scramble to a rocky ledge about 15 feet above the trail and belay near a large boulder inscribed with a memorial to Goran Kropp.
Jam your way up Pony Keg also using incut holds in the crack and on the faces of the dihedral as you go. The route begins with small hands and gets bigger as you ascend, ending with a section of wide fists. You can frequently stem to place gear and rest, but I still had a fair pump by the time I reached the anchor (shared with Whipsaw).
A handful of larger stoppers plus cams in the 1-4" range will suffice. Leave the small stuff behind. I took 2 #3s and a #3.5 and was happy to have them at the top when the crack got wide. You might be comfortable with fewer big pieces, but running things out at Vantage is not the best idea and is particularly disconcerting on the routes near Air Guitar.
|By Jordan Sahlberg|
Jul 4, 2012
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Really fun route. The guidebook is outdated on this route. It is much cleaner than a few years back and deserves to be upgraded. If you like hand jams, get on this route.
|By Ethan Henderson|
From: Silverdale, WA
Nov 11, 2013
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Deserves no stars. I wouldnt whip on any piece on this climb, enjoyable movement though.
|By Jessica T|
From: seattle, wa
Nov 17, 2013
This is a fun route. I almost like it better than Air Guitar! More jamming than AG.