Type: Trad, 160 ft
FA: Al Ruiz and Rich Wolfe, 1966 FFA:Tom Higgins, April 1968
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Shared By: C Miller on Dec 31, 2004
Admins: Greg Opland, C Miller, M Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Description

The east face of Intersection Rock is sliced by several left- slanting crack systems (The Ski Tracks), all of which offer good to excellent crack climbing. This route, as the name implies, takes the left-most crack that reaches from the ground all the way to the top in one elegant sweep.

While it's certainly possible to break into two pitches, it's recommended to be done as one long pitch. The crux is found early on near a bolt, but stays interesting for a bit longer. Near the halfway mark there are several options to finish - 1) stay in the crack to the top or 2) cut out right and climb steep plates, finishing right of the crack. To descend make two single rope rappels down Mike's Books on the south face of the formation or make one single rope rappel from the top of North Overhang on the north side of the formation (you will want a 60 meter rope for this rap).

A really fun route that is so close to the road there's really no excuse for not doing it at least once. Should the climbing seem difficult, imagine climbing it like Tom Higgins did on the first free ascent - without all the modern gear available today. Three stars out of five.

Protection

Bolt (3/8") and a selection of gear to 3"

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