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|Type:||Trad, 13 pitches, Grade IV|
|FA:||Tom Dickey & Ed Webster|
|Page Views:||1,580 total · 7/month|
|Shared By:||Steve Levin on Feb 6, 2002|
|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC|
From the campground, wander leisurely to the top of SOB Gully, enjoying the scent of sage, the dewy freshness on the bushes scratching your legs, and the peacefulness in the dawn air. Now trip and stumble down the dirt chute that comprises the trail into the inner gorge. By the time you reach the river, your coffee and oatmeal should be sufficiently digested, so stop for a minute, bite into a power bar, and marvel at the majestic walls surrounding you, the screeching of the ravens, and the poison ivy everywhere.
Head downstream and pass the first significant buttress (The Hooker Buttress) to just beyond the significant vertical gully that separates it from the next (The Diagonal Will Buttress). On the right side of this second buttress, head for a big terrace just down and right from the high point of the talus, and devise a way to gain this ledge- a R-facing corner (lower fifth class) works, as will a short stretch of 5.10 fingers (per the new guidebook topo).
P1. Climb a left-facing corner through poison ivy (5.8), and belay above the jog in the corner, or keep going to an equally uncomfortable stance above.
P2. Continue through some more poison ivy, and a short stretch of 5.10. Belay on a small stance below the steeper pegmatite.
P3. Climb the steep 5.10+ (or 5.11-) peg finger crack, then traverse right through bushes and blocks to a large detached pillar. Alternatively, one may combine these 3 pitches in to 2 long leads.
P4. Climb the 5.8 dihedral above.
P5. Jog right, and climb wider 5.10 to a good stance.
P6. Continue up the crack system past some 5.10+ thin stuff, and belay on yet another small stance (save some big gear for this anchor).
P7: Now tackle the short 5.10 offwidth crack through a bulge, and land on a large terrace for the belay. Here the nature of the climb changes from steep and burly to broken and swirly. This spot is where the FA party (and presumably others) bivied.
P8. Climb 5.7 or 5.8 off the right hand edge of the terrace, aiming for vagueness.
P9. Easier but equally vague climbing leads you towards a right-leaning ramp thingy.
P10. Climb the ramp, or in the vicinity of it, and belay below a dark, broken wall.
P11. Gingerly thread through some death blocks, then traverse left (5.7) a bit lower than you think to a chimney thing. Belay on top.
P12. Pick the twigs out of your hair, then head up into the land of the amorphous, passing some 5.8 if you are on route.
P13. Continue up, up, up, on vague fourth-class terrain and, hopefully, reach the rim.
To find the trail back to the ranger building, sniff your way NW, avoiding the gully on your right (which, if you are inclined to place a trajectory directly towards the trail, will inevitably greet you).