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Pitch 1: Start in front of 3 trees in the S.O.B. Gully, right side, in front of 3 trees and a cairn. Wander up the line of weakness (thin cracks and face) to a ledge with a crack on the face to the left, and a thin crack in an obtuse corner above. 5.8+; 120'.
Pitch 2: Climb the thin crack around a bulge; wander 130' up to a grassy ledge with a large boulder. 5.9.
Pitch 3: A cairn marks the start of this pitch; straight up from the last belay, face climb a short distance to a block; surmount the block and continue up the crack, bushwhacking along the way up this left-facing corner to a ledge on the left. Belay from the 2nd ledge up with a large block on it. 5.10; 100'.
Pitch 4: Dicey moves out right from the ledge; Loweballs useful. Continue right and up the face (small pro) to a ledge; traverse back left 30 feet. Down 8 feet to a belay ledge with a flat boulder. 5.10; 90'.
Pitch 5: Move left off the belay to the base of a chimney. Climb the dirty chimney for 60 feet, then traverse left under the huge chimney. Good pro up under the roof. Exit around the corner to a huge belay ledge. 5.9; 80'.
Pitch 6: Continue up left-facing corner for 15 feet; surmount huge flake and continue up face/ slab for 110' to a large, right-facing dihedral/ chimney with rotten rock. Climb cracks in rotten rock to a large belay ledge. 5.10; 180'.
Walk to climber's right and 3rd class up gully system (caution!) to rim. Bushwhack and hike to Exclamation Point Trail.
Hike down S.O.B. Gully for 15 minutes; veer right off main trail. Hike through a large stand of trees, always hugging the wall on the right side of the gully. If you are directly parallel with the Casual Route Buttress, you have gone too far. Start is at a 10 foot tall tree, 15 feet back from the wall; shorter (6 feet) trees stand, one up hill and one down hill from the larger tree. A cairn marks the start, and is on the wall proper. Look for thin cracks on good rock on the wall, past a gully. The first 2 pitches trend up and right to a large, grassy terrace (Lauren's Arete ending); the last 4 pitches are relatively plumb from the exit of P2 on the grassy terrace.
This route provides all the standard Black Canyon fare: some loose rock, some good rock, some dirty chimney climbing, face climbing, traverses, and good exposure. It will clean up nicely after a few more have ventured on it. Enjoy the "Road Head"!
Standard rack to #4 cam including RPs and Loweballs, 60m rope.
BETA PHOTO: Actual route.
May 31, 2010
rating: 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b
Good route...the chimneys are pretty dirty but, the rest is pretty quality climbing. The first 2 pitches can be linked with a 70 and a little simuling. Didn't bring loweballs or find them necessary...I did find small/medium offset nuts useful though.
By erik wellborn
From: manitou springs
Sep 13, 2011
First two pitches are manky, the rest is pretty fun in a Black Canyon rockaneering sort of way.
By Ben Collett
Apr 27, 2013
This route is going to clean up fairly nicely. If the death block on the last pitch feels a little freaky to climb on with your belayer potentially in the line of fire, you can set up a belay to the side of it, thereby mitigating the risk of being squished by said block.
From: Basalt, CO
Jun 1, 2014
I was the other first ascensionist on this route.