Unknown (crack with pin left of Unnamed 5.11)
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Find the pin in the crack left of the black-hangered Unnamed (5.11) sport climb
. Climb up to this by liebacking up the well-protected crack, or use face holds to either side. Clip the pin, then choose your adventure. I angled left, slung marginal chickenheads, then traversed left at least 20' with no opportunities for any good gear (which was spicy for both the leader & follower; possibly could sling more knobs?), and finished up a hands/OW crack to an anchor built off of a big block at the top. Straight up from the piton might
go, but looked steep, thin, and poorly protected.
This climb is mentioned in the guidebook as one of 3 mixed routes in the Alley, but is not described or shown in a photo or topo, so you're on your own as far as the routefinding.
I climbed Serpent Face
the same day, which was a breeze, by comparison.
If someone has more info on this route (name/FA/intended direction), it would be interesting to learn the story of this old, bold, forgotten route.
Just left of the black-bolted Unnamed 5.11 sport climb
on the south side of the Alley, look for a knifeblade piton in a shallow right-facing crack.
There is another mixed climb with 2 old 1/4"(?) bolts left of this line. No details at this time.
Descend by scrambling down (some 4th class) to the anchor for Pony Express
, and rap from there back into the Alley with 1 rope.
Nuts & cams to 3".
Bring thin slings to tie off chickenheads.
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