Avg: 3.2 from 95 votes
|Type:||Trad, 400 ft, 3 pitches|
|FA:||George DeWolfe, Robin Wright, John Palmer - 1965|
|Page Views:||11,495 total · 84/month|
|Shared By:||saxfiend on Nov 16, 2006|
|Admins:||Ryan Williams, Aaron Parlier, Steve Lineberry|
DescriptionAnother Stone Mountain classic, No Alternative is a great place to get a taste of the infamous runout climbing here without feeling like you're gonna die! The first half of the climb is like Great Arch -- it'll take all the pro you care to place. The upper half is a different story: pure friction climbing with one bolt 75 feet above the belay; you might be able to get a small cam in under one or two thin overhangs. At 5.5, though, its easy friction and great exposure.
P1 -- follow a left-facing corner/flake to its end at a bolted belay, about 200' (some climbers break this into two pitches).
P2 -- go straight up the moderate face to a bolt (75') and continue another 75' to another bolted belay.
P3 -- continue up easier terrain (5.3, unprotected) to rap anchors below the trees at the summit.
Trivia: the original name of this route was Punt Flake.