Type: Trad, 50 ft (15 m)
FA: Thornton Reed, Norton Smithe, Lester Germer 1950s
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Shared By: Adam Catalano on Mar 29, 2006
Admins: Morgan Patterson, RJ B

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Start at a thin crack on the left side of a block about 35' right of Horseman.

A bouldery start stumps many beginners. The moves (and the gear) is all there, but both can be tricky.

The climbing eases back to 5.6 after the opening moves. The crack climbing is supplemented by many face holds as well. Enjoy the incredible fist-jam move just before the finish.

Bolted anchor at the top.

Robert Hall suggests that you can continue for another pitch (see picture): From the top of P1 of Laurel, step a foot or so right and climb directly up the face on a thin crack, over a small overhang and on to the top.  I don't know if this ever made it into a guidebook, but it was in no guidebook when I "discovered" this fine ending that keeps the grade (of the pre-polished) Laurel in the late 60's - early 70's.  Gear is maybe some small nuts for the lower portion, then small-to-med. stuff, if my memory serves me.


There are two cracks splitting a block to the right of Horseman. The crack on the left is Laurel.


Standard rack, including a 3" piece. The two-bolt anchor on top can be accessed by the 5.0 chimney to the left.