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|Type:||Trad, 70 ft|
|FA:||(TR) Maria Cranor & Randy Vogel, November 1979, FL: Tom Gilje, 1982|
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|Shared By:||Tony B on Dec 24, 2002|
|Admins:||C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes|
DescriptionThis route is just to the right of Sphincer Quits on the west side of Sports Challenge rock. Before it gains the crack system above the start it traverses left past a bolt (crux) to reach the crack some 10' right of that S.Q., ascending 15 feet of crack before joining S.Q. and continuing to the sumit. Approach this climb as for S.Q., at the left-hand end of the west face of Sports Challenge Rock, then go up and south from the base of the wall to reach the base of this climb, this does require a small amount of scrambling to reach, but is reasonably safe.
NOTE: The current edition of the J-tree book grosly misnumbers the entire topo/photo.
Climb up on face holds to reach the right-hand edge of a horizontal feature. Step up and left onto this and protect or clip an optional bolt on Rap Bolters Are Weak as you move left to gain the vertical crack. Continue up on thin gear to a large crack where S.Q. traverse in to join your route. Go up to the ledge and climb to the summit block above. This does climb not protect easily, so it is best not to push your luck and get pumped placing too much gear. Belay as for S.Q.
To descend, rap from the bolts on the summit (above Rap Bolters Are Weak), or scramble down to the south.