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In a place called the Choss Garden, almost any route could be named Touchy Subject, this route however, may be the one of the touchiest. A climb that only gets better with time, expect no relief on this sustained and continuously line.
Under a blanket of choss hides some very solid rock, finding whats solid is the initial crux. Sucker holds and very small crimps fill this thinning route. Start off with some small delicate moves and bust up a crack feature to a few big edges, grab a quick rest and keep going. From here a few more difficult moves lead to the real crux. Finish strong on some slightly easier terrain and gain a ledge at a double bolt area. End up and slightly left of a flake at a chain anchor.
Touchy Subject is the third route in from the right on the south-end of the Choss Garden. Its the route that starts off just left of a small pine and is between Nettle and Daisy.
Eight or nine quickdraws.
|Comments on Touchy Subject
|By John Steiger|
Sep 4, 2011
rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a
This has cleaned up very well; no “blanket of choss” here. The last clip (above the double bolts) is a hidden Lost Arrow driven straight down; looks solid, but I don’t think you want to whip on it.
|By Spencer Weiler|
From: SLC, UT
Apr 19, 2012
Older bolts make this one a bit more nerve racking, could use some updates. The hangers are those thin sheet metal looking items. There is another weird anchor on this one, two bolts of different ages offset and not equalized. Or continue up to find the hidden pin and on up to the top anchor. recommend stopping before pin.
Oct 2, 2012
If you watch your partner lead it first you'll see where the good holds are and make this a super high flow jug-to-jug-fest. Its cool when you can turn your hips and skip the hard holds! Also, its not necessary but nice to have a cam or two for the belay.
|By Rick Vance|
Nov 5, 2012
Bolts and hangers have been replaced as of 11/4/12.