Type: Trad, 600 ft (182 m), 5 pitches
FA: Kirsten Davis, Bill Robins: 1985
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Shared By: GRK on Aug 15, 2006
Admins: Andrew Gram, Nathan Fisher, Perin Blanchard, GRK, D C

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This beginning of this route was destroyed by rockfall in the spring of 2007. The remainder of the climb remains intact and quite fun. A rare and great adventure awaits the curious climber who ventures up this gritty and scenic line. 

Route navigation is a must here as this line is seldom traveled and faintly marked by protectable features. Expect to build anchors and use what's given to safely ascend your team to the top of the waterfall. 

Protection and quality improve as you ascend. Expect a few nice surprises here and there, as there are natural and maybe a few fabricated anchors along the way. Thoughtfully rappel MMS or walk off lookers RIGHT (west) via game trails back to the bottom. 

Since this line remains somewhat primitive, the pitch count is subjective. Gear can sometimes be tricky to find, but I wouldn't call this route dangerous. Saddle up and have fun! 

Protection Suggest change

Most climbers will be happy with a double set of cams and a single set of nuts up to 3 inches. Cordelettes and various sized slings will make your life easier and more satisfying. 

Location Suggest change

Mountain Monkey Swing start on the ground immediately left of The Great White Icicle. Begin on the path of least resistance and be judicious of the varying rock quality. Conditions improve as you ascend. 


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