BETA PHOTO: Reel Value on The Vortex.
The Vortex is the east-facing aspect of a relatively large buttress on the west side of a gully. The buttress has three Bill Boyle 5.11 routes.
What was Boyle thinking? is what you will be thinking as you approach the crag. An unlovely, loose-appearing collection of choss, The Vortex has a short-but-somewhat-miserable approach up a tree-and-scree gully, and the appearance of the rock does not inspire confidence.
Nevertheless, once your initial fear of the rock dissipates you'll find some fun movement in a relatively pleasant location.
Start up the The Billboard Trail
After a short stint upward and eastward the trail arrives at the lowest point of a buttress and then heads up along the east side of the buttress. After a short while the trail leaves the buttress's base for open territory that lasts a hundred and fifty feet or so.
The trail then reaches the lowest point of another buttress. At this point the obvious trail continues up and right (eastward) to The Billboard
. Instead, turn left (west) and follow a somewhat indistinct trail past the buttress tip and into a tree-and-scree gully. The Vortex
appears across the gully and uphill from your location.
Head up the gully staying to the right side. When you reach more-or-less the same elevation as the base of the crag (and the brush and trees open up a bit) cross the gully to the crag.
About 10 minutes from the start of the trail.
Climbing Season For the The Billboard Trail area.
Weather station 2.1 miles from here
2 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]
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