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On the east side are two crack systems through the large overhang. This climb goes up the right system that is a little less steep. Began in the very steep gully with a 5.7-8 boulder committing boulder start to the large ledge central belay ledge on the left. From here aid was used by pitons and stoppers to get through overhang (A-2). After this 5.9 to tree. Then the route went sharply left at tree to a long dirty V groove ramp 5.5 to the top. At the time the ramp was scrubbed by Tom and Jay before I led the route. The route was retro bolted by Chris Buckley with eye bolts and at the tree goes directly up on clean rock with hanger bolts (5.6). This is the good way up. The original climb was half good and half bomb
Midway up the nasty dangerous gully on the east side of Monolith
Trad rack but no longer needed. To do it trad nothing bigger than a #2 camelot is needed.
|By M Sprague|
From: New England
Aug 22, 2012
Was it you or Chris who nabbed the free FA, Bradley?
|By bradley white|
From: Rumney, N.H.
Aug 23, 2012
It was Chris and others should I believe, so what? First ascents are where it is most important. FFA after FA are like operating a machine already built by the FA anchors. Tom Bowker, Jay Golden and I did our best. In my perspective FFA top roped are common and less intense. It may have been top roped first and not done on sight.