Type: Trad, TR, 60 ft (18 m) Fixed Hardware (2)
FA: Ray Northcutt, in 1959, amazingly enough.
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Shared By: Michael Komarnitsky on Dec 31, 2000 · Updates
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC

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Northcutt Start is a beautiful, short climb with a terrific tempo.

Follow the crack in the corner of the left-facing dihedral 10 feet to the left of The Bastille Crack. Fantastic jams and laybacks gradually grow more strenuous up the steep corner. Then move to the right and turn the corner (there's a trick - if you can't figure it out ask someone, and they'll probably be able to tell you). The first time I got this one I got to the ground and was grinnin' from ear to ear.


Bring smaller pieces and a nice quickdraw to clip the piton quickly and move on. You can toprope this via the anchors at the top of the first pitch of the Bastille Crack...assuming that anchor is not already occupied.

As of Mar. 2020: the crux piton that pulled out was replaced. Thanks, Crusher & Mike!