Avg: 2.9 from 29 votes
|Type:||Sport, 30 ft|
|Page Views:||2,332 total · 15/month|
|Shared By:||Adam Therneau on May 19, 2006|
|Admins:||Kris Gorny, Chris treggE|
Easily overlooked because of its longer, more popular neighbors to the right on the winter wall; Kelly's Arete offers superb, delicate climbing up the arete just to the left of Jam and Jelly. Start up the crack until you can reach left and clip the first bolt. At this point it is possible to move out onto the arete proper and begin the real climbing. A good sidepull allows a long reach to clip the second bolt before beginning the crux, one of the best sequences you'll encounter at the bluff. Reaching from a small left hand undercling, the right is bumped up the arete until a decent pinch is found. Smearing the right foot against a ripple in the rock, the left is brought up to a good edge parallel with the undercling. This position seems tailor made to generate an uncontrollable barndoor swing when the left hand is released, but with a deep dropknee you can release your hand just long enough to make an enormous reach to a slopey pocket up high. A few desperate bumps and you can reach a decent hold around the arete to the right, leading to easier but still technical moves to reach the chains. Unfortunately, clipping the third bolt is very difficult and comes right in the middle of the crux sequence, necessitating a horrible heelhook. Some have chosen to skip the third bolt and climb through the crux before clipping. This should be done with caution though, as a large fall is risked on a very short climb, and a grounder could occur. Perhaps clipping the second bolt with a locking biner instead of a draw would help slightly, and obviously an attentive belayer is a must! However you choose to do it, Kelly's Arete offers some of the bluff's most aesthetic climbing and should be high on everyone's ticklist.