|Echo Rock - West Face
A good intricate route on the slab between Quick Draw McGraw and Heart and Sole (it's harder than these).
Start by a yucca. A couple of thin moves leads to the crux (bolt); a very tenuous step up on a crystal to a relenting in the steepness. Go left (bolt), more tricky stuff gets over another steep section trending rightwards (bolt). Up and marginally left to the last bolt, then a frantic dash (or composed styling) to the top before the old nervous energy takes over and causes a snafu on the not all that easy finishing runout.
4 bolts, bolted anchor/rap
BETA PHOTO: "The Falcon And The Snowman".
Photo by Blitzo.
|By Adam Kimmerly|
Nov 5, 2007
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
Solid and sustained. A serious lead, though not as "R" as others on Echo Rock with the same designation. The cruxes are well protected, but be prepared for some runouts with bad fall potental on 5.9/5.10- terrain. Deserves more traffic at least as a worthy TR when you're finishing up with Heart and Sole.
From: Arcadia, Califoria
Mar 5, 2008
Great route. A bit run out but not horrific. I thought the crux, for me, is the pull past the first bolt. After that it's text book JT friction and edges. It will keep your attention!