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The first sketchy drop off to the left on the walk off.
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The first sketchy drop off to the left on the walk off.  
This was the only part of doing Morgul Vale that came close to breaking my cool. Not the 150 foot runout on pitch 7, this.

The slab just above the sand can be traversed with your rock shoes on, and there's edges for hands too that makes this a little less awful. Same rules as the last 2 pitches of the route - check everything you're planning to weight. Aug 7, 2016
HenryDietrich Dietrich   Eugene, OR
yeah the walk off had me asking myself why I put myself in these positions much more than the actual climb did. Aug 8, 2016
We were at Wolf Rock today; scrambled up and down the SW Gully to the true summit. I think that the descent that people are using is NUTS. There is a vastly easier alternative.

From the true summit, descend west a bit. Rather than continuing down to the sketchy section shown in this photo, simply move slightly up and right to the saddle, at the base of a steep crumbly series of corners. All you have to do is move north around the corner to the right of those corners and you will see a super easy short route back to the true ridge. From there, just run the ridge (solid rock!) to the top of the descent gully.

Really, I have years of experience with sketch ball descents in Yosemite (Kat-Walk, East Ledges, all that good stuff...). But, I started across the one shown in this photo and was very unhappy. The alternative I give above is incredibly easy and safe.

Cheers.

D. Jun 29, 2017

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