Avg: 3.8 from 528 votes
|Type:||Trad, Alpine, 7 pitches, Grade IV|
|FA:||Duncan Ferguson, Chris Reveley|
|Page Views:||237,308 total · 966/month|
|Shared By:||Andrew Wellman on Dec 31, 2000|
|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC|
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P1: Start in the middle of the wall at a less than vertical broken pillar. It is not hard to find. Pitch 1 is 5.4 up broken ground to the bottom of an obvious crack.
P2: Follow the steeper crack at 5.9 to a hanging belay 2/3 of the way up.
P3: A 100 foot 5.7 traverse with about three pieces of pro, two of which are fixed pins. This pitch is spectacular and has dangerous fall potential, although the climbing is easy.
P4: Climb up a dirty 5.8 crack and chimney to a belay about half way up the route.
P5: May be the best pitch of the climb. It leads up a steep 5.8 dihedral with a handcrack tucked in the corner. Belay halfway up the dihedral on a stance and continue up 5.8 to the Yellow Wall Bivy Ledge. The exposure hits you right here for the final, and crux, pitch.
P6: Climb up a really thin 5.9 crack with fixed gear to a 5.8 squeeze chimney. Trying to squirm your way up the chimney at 14,000 feet is about as strenuous as it gets. From here pull out of the chimney and perform the crux move, a well protected reach over a bulge on thin holds, 5.10a, and you're on Table Ledge.
P7: One last 5.7 traverse pitch leads to the exit onto Kiener's or the rap route.