|The Sentinel - West Face
The crux is near the top at the final chimney section. Some of the rock is loose and you will pour pebbles out of the chimney on your way up. Also, there is a large flake in the chimney about 2/3 of the way up that is expanding and could get ripped out. Watch out for that. It's near the section where everything sounds hollow and you pray you don't fall on your gear.
This end of Sentinel is a bit chossy. Illusion Dweller end is by far much better.
Starts at the left side of the West face of Sentinel (Illusion Dweller side). Climbs the obvious chimney straight up. Located to the right of the bolted (2 low face bolts) 5.12 climb.
Pro to 4.5". No anchors at the top, but several cracks to build one in OR you can place some directionals up high and trot over to the anchors on the climb next to it (Great White Buffalo).
BETA PHOTO: Overview of the Great White Buffalo area on Sentin...
|By Will S|
From: Joshua Tree
Apr 13, 2009
An adventurous outing for the 5.7 leader. Demands a bit of creativity. Be mindful of ropedrag and a bit of loose rock. Anchor takes finger sized cams, nuts, #3 camalot. Never a line for this one, and despite the title, not really that dirty with just a touch of grain. For a leader at/near their limit, rack fingers to as big as you have (a 6 friend wouldn't go unused) and maybe double up on the .75-3 camalot sizes.