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BETA PHOTO: Hike up from the base of Physical Graffiti about 1...
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High on the left side of the formation is a large, varnished corner. This is climbed in two or three pitches.
About 75 feet to the left around the corner and up from Physical Graffiti.
By Nick Hamill
May 9, 2011
hiked/scrambled about 100' up and to the left of physical graffiti to reach the start of the climb.
The first pitch involved easy chimney moves for less than 100' before I reached a slung chockstone that sat 20' below a roof and right facing corner. I skipped that belay and setup an anchor on a ledge 10' higher though, if I climb this again, I'd probably use the chock.
The 2nd pitch must be the 5.8 bit and involved pulling around a right facing corner into an offwidth crack on some rather crumbly rock. Although awkward, the moves were quite interesting. I found it difficult to place good gear.
I ended the 2nd pitch after about 100' as I reached easier terrain. A easy final pitch (~100') lead to a plateau with a cairn and a straight forward descent to the left.