|Type:||Trad, 5 pitches, 650', Grade II|
|Consensus:||YDS: 5.7+ French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]|
|FA:||Chris Dabroski, John Hoffman 1999.|
|Submitted By:||John Hegyes on Mar 13, 2008|
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From: Alameda, CA
Nov 20, 2012
Pitch 1 I found once you start climbing the face the gear is tricky (as John mentions) and can be a little run out.
The next two pitches we did a slight variation:
Pitch 2 We set the belay higher about 40-50ft below the roof. Climb up and then through a tunnel. The tunnel is pretty neat. Climb up the left crack until it ends build a belay. We did not set our belay above the roof.
Pitch 3 Traverse right for about 100ft set up belay as you would on the normal route. I placed a piece at the crack the normal route takes.
Pitch 4 Climb the crack until it tops out.
MysterZ is a better approach for Brownstone. This could be an alternative if there is a line at MysterZ.
By Ben Townsend
Nov 16, 2014
|Moderate adventure climbing at its finest! On the first pitch, a 70m rope is helpful for reaching decent belay stances. The top of the first pitch has some very thought-provoking climbing. Rope drag is a potential issue on every pitch, so running pitches together has limited value. The big traverse (start of pitch 4 per the description above, end of pitch 3 for us) is less obvious than it might seem from the description. Standard rack to #4 was fine, but I was wishing for more long slings on the first pitch. Finally, in mid-November the sun went behind Cloud Tower a lot earlier than we'd hoped, and we never really caught up with it for very long during the rest of the day.|