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BETA PHOTO: Amy and Jerich about to start P2
The Skyline Scramble starts at the large tree to the right of the spur trail to the Spire. The route is graded 5.6, R unassisted, though there exist ropes and metal pipes to aid free climbers. Most of the route is 5.easy but each pitch has a couple tricky moves and serious exposure. No one really gears up for this because of the fixed assistance.
P1 begins with a 50 ft rope assisted traverse along a smattering of slick tree roots to a short but thinly featured (metal pipe assisted) ascent of about 25 feet. Walk to the right along the broad, grassy ledge to the base of the primary ascent. (5.6, R unassisted...trees and roots are on)
P2 is about 60 feet of metal pipe/fixed rope assisted near vert climbing with plenty feature. The crux is about half way up (at the rusted out section of pipe, use rope instead provided it's still in good shape) and requires a long reach or technical movement. P2 finishes at a ledge on the right of the face. (5.6, R unassisted)
P3 is roughly 60 more feet of the same rope and pipe assisted climbing at about the same grade (5.5, R unassisted). Top out on Sokehs Rock! Turn around for a view of the Spire, Adam's Apple, Sokehs Ridge and Pohnpei Island...the best view in Micronesia! Walk north through a small patch of trees to the northern end of the rock for a view of the lagoon (north), APSCO dock (west), airport (east) and Kolonia town (southeast).
Same approach as the Spire but at the junction spur trail to the Spire (on left), proceed up and to the right to a large tree and the beginning of the Skyline Scramble.
A metal pipe runs the length of the climb and is coupled with a fixed (but obviously weathered) rope for much of the vert ascent.