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Prow'd Arete V2-3 5+
Elevation: 6,385 ft
GPS: 35.077, -106.441 Google Map · Climbing Map
Shared By: LeeAB Brinckerhoff on Mar 26, 2009
Admins: Aaron Hobson, Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski
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Justa couple of boulders. The main one is big and an obvious land mark, maybe 20 feet tall with 2 parrallel cracks running up the face and a cave under it. The other is a small boulder to the right with a good SDS problem on the arete starting from a big knob.

Getting There

From the entrance to the parking lot find the trail to the right and follow it up the steep hillside and continue on by the Parking Lot Boulders. Stay right at any reall junctions in the trail, you will still feel like you are going too far left. As you get close you will come to a wider sandy wash, weave your way through this then pick up a trail back right to the boulders.

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The main boulders are called the Gateway Rocks and they form a chimney more than an offwidth. The chimney is good training for Epinephrine or the regular route on Half Dome. The east and north faces of the two rocks contains a handful of problems including an excellent warm up rail. Continue north along the band for an excellent V2, Balance test, up a vertical seam. Keep exploring and you can find about 35 problems mostly in the V2-V3 range. For the trad climber, tape up and hit the classic Chapel Crack V4. The Chapel is the 20' roof crack just above the Gateway Rocks and can not be missed. It is probably the best roof crack in the canyon. An obscure, but interesting V6 follows the blunt arete of the small boulder that sits just right of the Gateway. Start low and right on a giant cobble and surf the line all the way left to a tricky mantle.


Lee, feel free to update the page info to reflect the stuff I have added. The whole mound is called Low Gun and has between 40 and 50 problems counting cracks which require tape or an incredible tolerance to pain, a la Jason R. The northern edge has some nice funky arete problems and some slabs. The eastern edge is the plateau on top with a few nice lines where Jon gave you the bad spot and runs down to the obvious east facing black fetus crack and neighboring face. The southern edge is the obvious break in the rock separating Low Gun proper from the crystal ship area. Apr 7, 2011

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