Avg: 3.5 from 59 votes
|Type:||Trad, 500 ft, 5 pitches, Grade II|
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|Shared By:||Stephen Nance on Aug 29, 2006|
|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac|
DescriptionStart right in the center of the face, up a prominent crack feature.
P1. Climb long 5.6 to bolted belay, stay in dihedral.
P2. The crux pitch: traverse right from the belay, take a short steep crack with sometimes fixed pro, then move left to pull the small roof/bulge (5.9). Then continue on an easy 5.7+ finger crack to an uncomfortable bolted belay.
- *It is possible to start with the finger crack on the right and continue straight up. This option is also good, but I did not believe it was as fun as the route proper. Staying to the right, however, allows you to skip a pitch, and you will end up at the top of pitch 3 on a nice ledge.
P3. Ascend a short 5.8 chimney, come out to the right to another nice, bolted belay.
P4. This is the mental crux pitch. It is short, and it is hard to find "the" hold, 5.8+. Go up the dihedral, then break out right to face climbing, a #2 Camalot in a horizontal slot is key. You may brave to go at most 8-10 feet without protection on this short pitch.
P5. Traverse with no pro at 5.4 to a dihedral left, then continue up a lieback 5.7+ dihedral to another outstanding belay.
From here, it's route finding from the top, nothing harder than 5.8 whichever way you go.