Type: Trad, 75 ft
FA: unknown
Page Views: 80 total · 1/month
Shared By: Aaron Hobson on Nov 17, 2006
Admins: Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski

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Description

This is a variation finish on the final steep headwall. From a large ledge a pitch beneath the summit, it climbs a corner/face past a piton and a Sotol bush. Traverse out left on the exposed flake/OW (crux) and then go directly to the top. The top of this climb is recognizable by a ;large dead tree.

A variation exists that avoids the lay-back traverse, and climbs directly up into a OW-looking corner at supposedly 5.7.

Location

The large ledge can be reached a couple ways. It is roughly directly above Green Thumb, and can be reached by a pitch-worth of climbing from the top of that climb. Also, it can be reached by traversing left from the last belay ledge of Cross-trainer to a piton, and then up onto the ledge. Descend as for Cross-trainer. The obvious land-mark to look for in identifying this route is the large dead juniper at the summit, which is directly where this climb tops-out.

Protection

A big cam for turning the crux, and some smaller pieces for before/after. The piton looks to be in good shape, and can easily be backed-up/skipped.

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Marta Reece
Las Cruces, NM
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Marta Reece   Las Cruces, NM  
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As best I can tell this is the same as the finish of King Me. If somebody knows better, please straighten me out. Nov 29, 2013
The climb from the piton, up with a step right is the old Standard Finish on Checkerboard. The variation left was also climbed in the day. It is good that lines have been named but the basic features are not new routes. Dec 3, 2018