Type: Trad, Sport, 500 ft, 4 pitches, Grade II
FA: Randy Leavitt & Friends
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Shared By: Graham Roff on Apr 17, 2006
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Description

This is one of the few routes up El Cap wall that goes mostly on natural protection. Four or five pitches take you all the way to the top.

P1 (5.10) - Start in a wide, dirty, burned out crack for 60 ft. Continue up the low angle, rubble strewn area with loose rock to a large ledge. Yep, the first pitch sucks. You can skip this by climbing the first pitch of Supply Line, slightly to the right.
P2 (5.6, listed as P3 in the guide) - From the middle of the big ledge climb easy terrain past 5 bolts and a few gear placements to the anchor more or less directly above.
P3 (5.10 PG13, P4 in the guide) - This is the crux pitch. Traverse slightly to the left from the belay, clipping one bolt before heading up the crack past another bolt. Continue up the arete placing gear where possible (PG13). At the large roof head up and left and belay either at the rap anchors in the face or continue up and left a little further to the large ledge (gear anchor).
P4 (5.8 PG13, P5 in the guide) - From the large ledge climb through the tree straight up the offwidth, unprotected, wet crack past a solitary bolt. Pull over the roof to the right and wander upwards until the top.

Location

From the top it is four rappels down to the bottom following a number of possible rappel lines.

Protection

The protection is good on the first and second pitches (second pitch also has 5 bolts). The third pitch has a few bolts and protects somewhat poorly with small cams, PG13.
The last pitch has one bolt through the offwidth section, and abundant gear if necessary through the much easier section to the top.

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