Savor the Flavor
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Follow the bolted arete 10' left of the first pitch dihedral of Thunderpussy. Finish the pitch on the final handcrack bit of Thunderpussy to the pod belay. A beautiful, airy pitch! For a really great outing, skip the manky belay pod and string Savor the Flavor together with Thunderpussy's second pitch for a spectacular single pitch (a FULL 60m) which is on par with the best in the canyon!
Found on the north side of Pineapple Buttress. Slog up the steep gully and scramble up some short steps to the base. It begins 10' left of Pineapple Thunderpussy is this bolted arete. Walk off the back of the buttress and down either gully (the southern one is more pleasant, but doesn't pass by the base of the route and any gear you may have left behind).
7 bolts and a standard rack of cams and stoppers. A cordalette or double-length runner is handy for the belay. Bring extended slings if you plan to do this in one pitch.
By Nick Stayner
From: Billings, MT
Sep 28, 2011
Finally got around to doing this one today. One of the best in the Canyon and certainly the best arete climbing around the 'zone! Pretty full value 5.10 arete climbing, and excellent from start to finish. I heartily second the notion of skipping the belay pod! I took stoppers and a double set o' cams from 00 master cam-#2 camalot and used damn near all of it. Luckily there's a tree on top of the Pineapple!