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Bad Religion T,S 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Mr. Ciechanowski S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
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Description

The Penthouse is a section of The Chief that lies above the Grand Wall, just below the south summit. It is home to a handful of sport and mixed routes in the 5.10 to 5.11 range, and offers spectacular views from moderate single-pitch climbs.

Getting There

Take the Backside trail from the campground and follow the signs to the South summit. A few minutes before the top (just after the fixed metal ladder on the trail) break left on a side-trail that traverses along the top of the cliffs. The Penthouse wall is undercut by a small overhang for much of its length, and there is a small memorial plaque that you will pass as soon as you come to it.

Hiking time is around 30 minutes from the campground.

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