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This is a generally easy climb on solid rock that is a fun way to access the base of the Torch. It is also possible to do this route and connect directly to Torched to do the two routes in one pitch. Use long runners if attempting this. Named after the James Bond, "Goldfinger".
Hardest move is protected by the bolt at the base. The climb is on good rock that protects well and enables a nice warm-up climb to get to the base of the Torch. There are anchors here that can be used to establish for the three southern climbs up the Torch: Lighting, Torchraker, and Torched.
On the east side of the Torch, begins at the base of the lower wall. See route map.
Full rack of cams.
By Catherine Conner
From: Phoenix, AZ
Jan 23, 2013
Heads up-may be harder than 5.8 IMO... 5.9 or 5.9+ for the first 20ft? Then eases nicely. -or I had a bad climbing day-this could very well be the case too...
From: Phoenix & Prescott, AZ
Apr 10, 2016
Yup, fair enough, the first few moves are likely harder than 5.8. Getting to the bolt likely tricky, but you're not far up and a good spot is a good spot. The single bolt near the base of the face with a swath of greenish lichen going up it marks the start of the climb. Seems like a semi trail is starting to be made from the base of "Wall Drug" around climber's right of that face and up to the base of this climb. Works well. Sorry about not having any pics handy for this, will try to remember next time out.