After really enjoying the adjacent Dalke Route, I was perhaps expecting too much. After an ok start, (as for Dalke Route), wander up and left, kinda runout 5.8/5.9 between ledge systems. The pitch below the crux is pretty cool, 5.9, runout, smearing and edging on great rock. The crux pitch is bilge. Manky rock, with just ok gear, and steep moves, and short (nice job Brad!) Above here steep runout 5.8/5.9 climbing up a long dihedral (with some good bits) eventually dumps you (dumped me anyway) onto the pretty exciting face on the right, (at an impasse where an unprotected roof is guarded by loose choss). Rope drag forced a semi-hanging belay out here somewhere. Eventually gain the top of the huge pillar. Above here the climbing is the definition of mediocre. Wandering, loose, blocky, ledgy, no exposure whatsoever (you're in a large gully system). Just a 5.Boring slog. It's a relief to finally summit.
Usual rack for RMNP, a selection of everything.
|By George Bell|
From: Boulder, CO
Feb 4, 2002
Jesus, Crusher, did you really climb this thing in January? I know it's south facing, but ...
|By Steve "Crusher" Bartlett|
Feb 15, 2002
yikes, how did that happen? It was maybe June when we did this. Good catch George.