Avg: 3.7 from 18 votes
|Type:||Trad, 160 ft|
|Page Views:||5,035 total, 29/month|
|Shared By:||Josh Janes on Jul 29, 2003|
|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac|
DescriptionPearly Gates is the namesake route on the Pearly Gates formation. This formation is a very attractive 250' long slab just west of the Aiguille de St. Peter (The Martyr) and is clearly visible from its summit.
The (two) climbs on this slab start from a bolted belay on a ledge about 75' off the ground and are best approached by scrambling down the gully just West of the Aiguille de St. Peter. As you're heading down, head left around onto the face as soon as you are able and you'll see this ledge. They can also be approached from the base of the Aiguille, but this isn't as pleasant.
The Pearly Gates climb itself is a very fine slab climb that follows a beautiful, incipient finger crack off the left end of the ledge. There are several fixed pins on the climb, but it protects well even without these. Very sustained at the 9+ grade, Pearly Gates probably has two or three sections that check in at 5.10.