Avg: 2.6 from 36 votes
|Type:||Sport, 60 ft|
|FA:||H. Loeffler, D. Whelan, 1991|
|Page Views:||1,460 total · 11/month|
|Shared By:||Tony B on Oct 6, 2006|
|Admins:||saxfiend, Jason Halladay, Shirtless Mike|
DescriptionThe base of this route has changed over it's history, prompting some differences in opinion about the difficulty of the route, which has waxed and waned over time.
In 1991 when the route was bolted, a large tree stood not far from its base. One could stand there, reach up to a hold and hop to a second hand and pull up onto the route. This was the crux and was about middle 5.10. Shorter and less powerful climbers complained about the sandbag.
In perhaps 1994 a huge windstorm and some tornadoes came though the gorge in autumn, blowing many trees across roads and trails. The tree at the base of D.D. was just one more casualty, but it made the route easier...
The root system tore out and brought soil and rocks up, and placed a starting shelf at the base of the climb. One could simply step off of these and onto the climb, making any sort of hop-start seem contrived and unnecessary. Some people complained that the route was over graded.
Over time, earth settled, the tree collapsed, rocks were moved and low and behold, the start to this climb has returned, perhaps to a lower point than before? And now I note the latest guidebook mentions a "desperate start" again.
So whatever the condition, do what is necessary to pull up onto the wall over the bulging start, and climb easier, lower-angle rock to the top of the arete out right and rap from fixed anchors.