Avg: 3.7 from 430 votes
Trad, 2 pitches, Grade II
|FA:||Jim Erickson, Pat Ament, and Bill Putnam, 1972|
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|Shared By:||Charles Vernon on Dec 31, 2001|
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Over the Hill is an all-time classic with exquisite, technical stemming followed by a perfect finger crack. This climbs rewards good balance and precise footwork. Hike to the Rincon Wall, and head west (uphill) to the "left-facing dihedral area". The climb is identified as a long, acute, thin dihedral with a tree near the top and another just above the top. There is a semi-detached flake about twenty feet up which marks the start of the difficulties.
P1. Climb the dihedral, with a full-body 5.10 stemming down low, and another awkward crux exiting the dihedral. There is an optional belay at the first tree, but the only reason to stop there is if the leader really wants the belayer nearby for moral support at the top crux. There are pins at both cruxes, and other micro-gear is available.
P2. From the shelf above the dihedral, move left (moving the belay, if desired), and find a thin 5.9 crack up a beautiful steep slab. This is as good as any 5.9 pitch I've done.
Belay on top, and descend down ledges and gullies to the west. *Be very careful of loose rock, especially getting out of the belay area atop the climb.* This is your typical Eldo rotten ledge, and anything you knock off will go directly down on the typically busy belay areas below.