Avg: 2.6 from 32 votes
|Type:||Trad, Alpine, 800 ft (242 m), 6 pitches, Grade III|
|FA:||John Wharton, David Isles|
|Page Views:||8,870 total · 47/month|
|Shared By:||Jim Berg on Jul 29, 2005|
|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac, Tyler KC|
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Set your belay high up the white band or be willing to simul-climb or stop short of the belay I describe (there is another belay, slings on a chockstone in the big black crack with a sloping stance).
P1. Work your way to the crack then follow face holds and intermittent cracks on the face to the right of the big black crack. Positive holds lead to a nice but small belay (big nut and medium cam). Pro is good but like all routes in the area, it's a little run out.
P2. The next pitch follows more of the same holds but in the middle of the pitch you will have to traverse to the big black crack to find pro (#2 & #3 Camalots.) The pitch moves right with the crack until you come to an overlap. Crank over the overlap and establish a belay up and left. One could also go straight up or traverse right to other routes but we followed the photo from Scott Kimball's book.
P3. From here, it was one long pitch to the top with a 60m rope. We went left up a small, right-facing corner for 10 feet then traversed left on face holds under a small roof until arriving at a small left-facing corner. Sparse pro but more of those delightful face holds. The left-facing corner leads to the top but is broken up with a few ledges and a little more face climbing. Watch out for rope drag or break the pitch into two.
I felt that all of the pitches were a grade easier then what is given in the guidebooks. You just have to piece together the face holds correctly. The 5.8 pitch on Better Than Love was the crux of our day. Excellent rock, nice belays and killer exposure. It is a good choice if you have done the other classics on Hallett or if those routes are crowded.