Avg: 1.8 from 9 votes
Routes in Notchtop
|Direct South Ridge T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|Finding Religion on the Spiral T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R|
|Instant Clarification (AKA Rap Route) T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a|
|Laid Back (a.k.a. NE Ridge) T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Mornin' T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|Optimismus T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|Relief Train T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|Religion T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R|
|Spiral Route T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c|
|Topnotch T 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c|
|White Room T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c X|
|Type:||Trad, Alpine, 4 pitches, Grade III|
|FA:||Walter Fricke and Dan Bench. 1970|
|Page Views:||1,406 total, 7/month|
|Shared By:||paco on Jun 30, 2002|
|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac|
DescriptionOptimismus goes straight up black water streaks(seen in pic below) to reach the main bowl of Spiral Route below the Notch. as long as its dry, Optimismus is a steep, quality route.
p1- pitch one and two can be linked in a streacher 60m pitch but this landed me in a not so hot belay spot protection wise. either way p1 starts off with steep offwidth and stemming. great pitch. 5.9.
p2- head up and left with some nice face moves before the belay at a horizontal break. 5.7.
p3- climb straight up a steep stem box to right facing corner ending on a nice big ledge. kinda loose 5.8.
p4- traverse right on the ledge to a nice but sharp left facing corner. stem and jam the corner and continue up to the Spiral Gully bowl. cool 5.7.
from here there a several choices to finish on but East Buttress 5.8+, South Ridge 5.8 or Spiral Route 5.3 are among the best options.