As the name implies, you need a little strategy to decipher this gem of a route. Almost immediately you're faced with a thought provoking less than vertical face, lightly spattered with slopey crimps, some better than others. After that it's not over. Work up to where the wall starts to overhang and the pump clock starts. Race for the chains going a little out of your way after the last bolt.
To the right from the stairs around a few corners. After Pirouette and before The Midas Touch. If you reach the Rock Shelter Cave you've gone too far.
This route was rebolted summer of 2010. The pin was replaced with a bolt making it a total of 6 bolts and anchors.
|Comments on The Strategem
|By Alan Howell|
May 8, 2012
I must be reading this route wrong as this thing has spit me off every single time. I consider myself a decent face climber but you need steel hooks for fingers for this route. I would love to see someone actually do this route as I have never seen it sent. I question the grade as it seems more like 12+. Going for another attempt in a couple weeks so if you hear loud cussing...