West Point Spire - Snakes and Arrows.
||Trad, Aid, 2 pitches, 150', Grade II
|Consensus: || YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c C1 [details]|
|FA: ||Layne Potter, Paul Ross.(Alt Leads) March 28 2008|
|New Route: ||Yes|
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|Submitted By: ||USBRIT on Apr 6, 2008|
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Paul on Pitch 2. Photo Layne Potter
Approach from the San Rafael campground as for Window Blind Peak. Route find through first big cliffband and then traverse right (west) below Mother Hubbard's Shoe to the far west end of the formation to West Point Spire.
P1. The route begins up the centre of the SW face up a thin crack to two pro bolts, then move left on a ledge to a wider crack that leads to a good ledge and double bolt belay. 100' C1 5.8 (this pitch should now go all free as any loose rock has been removed)
P2. Climb the corner 5.5 passing a large block on your right, and go over the top of block to the base of summit block and double anchors. From here a couple of moves to nice summit. 50' 5.7
Summit register in cairn. Rappel the route.
Obvious spire west end of Mother Hubbard's Shoe .. see Photo
One 200'rope. Camalots #3thru #4 . Friends Two #5 Two #6, medium stoppers. 2QD's a few slings.
Good views on walk to the spire
BETA PHOTO: Far left the West Point Spire, to its right the do...
Approaching the Spire from the south.
Looking down from the summit.
Paul topping out P1. Photo Layne Potter
Layne starting first pitch
Layne on pitch one reaching the wide crack section...
Layne with Bess rapping down a short cut to camp o...
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