|Balanced Rock Wall
Watermarks Direct is located just to the right of Watermarks. Start to the right of the small ledge on Watermarks, with the two triangular pockets directly above you. Use small side-pull face holds and foot ledges to ascend the route up to the triangular pockets. From here the route links up with Watermarks. Climb the vertical crack to the top.
The direct start is a boulder problem, after which good gear can be found.
|By Anonymous Coward|
Oct 30, 2002
This route can and has been led by several bold climbers. I led it this summer with a bouldering crash pad as "pro" to protect the first 18 feet. Good gear abounds after this point.
|By John Yaworsky|
Dec 4, 2006
Soloing watermarks direct was a standard practice by many of the DLFA in the late 70's and 80's. When we were crimping at the lake all the time it didn't seem like a hard solo at all (low crux). Years later leading it with my sons it felt harder.
|By Peter Arndt|
Dec 11, 2006
My First 5.10. How hard can it be right?
Aug 11, 2011
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a PG13
Watermarks (and this whole wall) have not aged well. The rock was already greasy and slimy and then probably thousands have caked it with sludge. Movement is good on this route but it certainly didn't feel good to grab the holds.
After the good cam placement it's hard to protect the middle section until you get over the bulge for a good #1 or #2 C4 (I forget which).