|Three of a Kind Wall
This problem climbs the obvious red streak between Round Pebble and the flake that marks the end of the Three of a Kind Traverse. Start from the large chalked flake and follow the line of small crimps up and slightly left to the end of the red streak. Then move slightly right on pebbles to the top out.
A variation to this problem starts by moving with your left hand to the crimp in the middle of the red streak followed by a reach out right to a crimp up and slightly left of the finishing flake on the traverse and another move back into the original problem. Those of us with weak fingers will likely find this variation easier.
This problem is between Round Pebble and the end of the Three of a Kind Traverse starting on an obvious chalked flake at headish height.
A pad or three.
|By Chip Phillips|
From: Broomfield, CO
Apr 7, 2006
Nice addition Ben. Here are a few additional details ... the FA to The Red Streak was by Skip Guerin, late 1980's/early 1990's. The variation to The Red Streak is known as Colin's Thing, circa 1993-4 by Colin Lantz. These are among the very best highballs on the Mountain and I agree with the *** rating.
IMHO, and according to the opinion of a few others, The Red Streak is a little easier than Colin's Thing. The two have very different 2-3 move cruxes, both in the V5-6 range. Once you do the long reach to the obvious pebble at 16-17 feet, both problems are technically over, although the top is still 10 feet of easy climbing away. In other words, bring courage and a few pads for the sloping landing, just in case.
One other note, the lip of the LH edge at 12 feet that you have to move quickly for on both problems sheered off in 2005, making both problems a tad more difficult.