Jon Butler on the FA of the Projects.
Pic by Cammo...
This interesting-looking rock, about 150 feet high, can be seen from the Titan, or Cottontail, as the flat-toppped boxy fin with the hole, located a mile down in the wash to the west. First ascent was by Cameron Burns et al, at a standard Cam Burns A1 5.4 or so, (this is described in Bjorny's guide). Ralph Burns and I freed this in early spring 2002. First free ascent? It's a fun climb on mostly fine rock, away from the crowds, with great views of the Fishers.
Start on the east arete.1. Climb easy cracks for twenty five feet to a ledge. From here free past a short bolt ladder to a larger ledge, 5.10, with one or two very fragile holds. 2. Climb up and right to an obvious roof crack. Up this (tight hands) to easier ground and a final 5.9 move. 5.11-. On pitch two, tape, or expect some big gobies. Gear: include a small selection of nuts, and a couple sets of cams up to about 4". Maybe extra 1-2" cams. A few quick draws. Definitely no pins or hammer needed! Rap pins on the summit were placed in slightly crunchy rock, but we backed them up with a bomber (really!) jammed knot a bit further back from the edge in a nice deep crack. Bring a couple extra slings to maybe leave up here. A midsize Hex or large nut would also work for the squeamish.
The somewhat lenghy approach is covered in Bjornstad's guide. Follow the trail to just past Cottontail, then hang a right down the gully; after a half-mile or so, head up and over the ridge to the south into the next gully, and voila. This point may actually be accessible from Onion Creek more easily, but it would be hard to figure out where to start from.
Weather station 5.3 miles from here
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Jun 2, 2008
Alan "Heavy Duty" Stevenson free soloed this pile back in the 90's and I remember him complaining about Cameron Burns' bolting job being definitely undersized and unnecessary.
By Camster (Rhymes with Hamster)
Jun 22, 2008
Keith, I didn't place a single bolt on this job, sorry. Jon placed a few. I banged in 2 pins for the rap off the top. That's all. Cam