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BETA PHOTO: From my perspective belaying the 2nd at the anchor...
Better than most of the routes in this section. There are a few cool cruxes that are tricky and crimpy climbing through a few distinct layers of rock. The true crux comes at the upper bulge on pretty orange rock.
Start up from the ledge on moderate terrain past two bolts before getting to the first hard moves (might be harder if you are short). Overcome this section on edges at odd angles and interesting footwork past two more bolts and on to a rest ledge. Above is the crimpy crux bulge where reading the rock can be interesting because everything looks like holds but only a few are good. Pull that and make a few easy moves around to the right of a small roof and back to the left to the chains on a slab.
Start on the ledge just right of the beginning of White Toad (5.7).
6 bolts to ring bolt anchor
|By S. Neoh|
Jun 4, 2011
"Did I find an easier sequence thru the crux? Perhaps, since I thought it is significantly easier than 10c." I have since confirmed this; if you are confident about climbing up to one body length to the left or right of the bolt line (don't worry, you can still clip the bolts from good stances), the difficulty is more like 10a. I definitely felt I followed the line of weakness today and had to lean out quite a bit to clip two bolts along the way, albeit from good handholds and stances.
I like this route. 2.5 stars for me.
Nov 14, 2011
I did this route back in June by accident thinking it was Charity Case. I kept thinking it was Charity Case because every time things got hard a little traverse to the right (about a body length on ledges) of the bolt line seem to make it significantly easier. I never thought I was doing a 10 at all. My second, on the other hand, had all kinds of troubles as he tried a few moves straight up.