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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.
BETA PHOTO: Southeast end of Balanced Rock Wall
Watermarks Direct cannot be climbed without making...
Bob Horan on Watermarks Direct, circa 1975.
Isaiah de Therneau coming up over the bulge on the...
Smiling while sending, Isaac Therneau. Aug 09.
Henning leading the Direct. Aug 09.
Beautiful climb, beautiful setting, Henning on the...
The best damn butt shot you'll ever see of this ro...
Vinny moving into easier terrain.
Remo, placing the fist pro.
|Comments on Watermarks Direct
|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|
From: Baraboo, WI
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).