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BETA PHOTO: Rated X with variation indicated.
First pitch starts with an interesting handcrack and ends at a ledge. Traverse left on the ledge and climb up the curious looking flake. The flake ends at a ledge where you traverse again and set up a belay.
The second pitch has two variations. The original (5.7) takes the diagonal on the "X" that the route is named after. The variation goes straight up. The offwidth above the belay is 5.8 and crux on the second half is a couple of moves of 5.9+. Both variations finish on a short thin hands section to the bolted anchor.
The route is 75ft to the right of Black September. You can't miss the obvious flake on the first pitch of the route, and the cracks that make an "X" on the second pitch.
Standard rack to 4.5", nuts. Bolted anchor at the top of the second pitch.
Our ropegun Cody on the start.
Newt just after pulling the roof on the variation....
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Jul 20, 2009
Led the 5.9 variation recently. The steep OW start off the belay feels like the 5.9 crux to me, and the small roof up higher feels like 5.8.
The difficulty of the OW, however, will probably be hand and foot size-dependent, and 5" cracks are my main OW nemesis (although I ended up stemming the move, but it's also kinda slippery this way). Also, no need to use the 5" piece here as you can plug a #3 at the very top of this section where it narrows and clip direct.
From: South Lake Tahoe, CA
Nov 6, 2009
To protect the flake, it would be nice to have a couple #4s and maybe even a 5 if you've got it. I had a 3 and a 4 which worked but two 4s would have been better.
There is also a bolt near the top of the flake below the lieback exit sequence. This could be protected by a #5 so I was a little surprised to see this bolt there, but I definitely clipped it!
There is a three bolt belay station above the flake that does not lend itself to belaying the second pitch very well. It's better to build an anchor at the base of the second pitch if you plan on climbing the second pitch.
Also, there are two sets of rap anchors on this route so it can be rapped or walk off to climbers right at the top.
From: Reno, NV
Aug 24, 2011
Before starting the climb I didn't know whether I'd climb the 5.7 or the 5.9 variation on P2. But after getting to P2 I couldn't see any reason to do the 5.7 meandering zigzag. It seemed dirty and not attractive at all.
The 5.9 variation however is great. I didn't think the OW was bad at all. The 5.9 roof is way fun, but takes a bit of working out. Initially I couldn't reach the bomber ledge above the right corner of the roof, but after figuring the hand sequence it went nicely. Protects well too.
The hand crack above the roof is fun too. If this crack is part of the original 5.7 route, I'd say pretty spicey for 5.7.
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From: Summerlin, NV
Jun 26, 2012
For the first pitch the biggest you need is a #4, there is a nice smaller placement out right before the bolt if you blow your #4 early.
Regarding the second pitch, I wouldn't call the crack off the belay an offwidth. More of a fist crack really. Felt like a miniature version of Little John Left in the Valley, so 5.8 - a #4 would make this cozy. The LB/roof move is very cool, awesome position once you step out on to the arete. Fun crack to the anchors.
From: Rocklin, Ca
Jun 27, 2012
This was my second trad lead, and fourth overall a long long time ago. The variation we did on p2 was starting out on the diagional and then straight over the roof, which looked like the right way for the .9 back in the pre-Carville Tahoe guide. I remember being pretty gripped on the roof, but then with using the bolted anchor out right and the left hand variation the rope drag was pretty bad. Not a very smart variation, but I do remember the first pitch and the crack above the roof were very good.
From: Salt Lake City, UT
Sep 24, 2012
Keep in mind, gentlemen, cracks are hand- and body-size dependent (as I stated here in the past) and thus the p2 variation will undoubtedly feel "smaller", "easier", "whatever" to you than it ever will to gals like me. I remember always having to strenuously hand-stack through that short section...Just keepin the beta flexible for both genders in our reading audience.
From: Reno, NV
Sep 26, 2012
I'd have to agree with BruceB. The 5.9 variation is rather tame (tho exciting) by Donner standards. Also the whole thing can be done in one pitch if adequately slung out.