Avg: 2.2 from 32 votes
|Type:||Trad, 200 ft, 4 pitches, Grade III|
|FA:||S. Baxter, G. Douglass 1970's|
|Page Views:||4,558 total · 34/month|
|Shared By:||Kole DeCou on Jan 10, 2007|
|Admins:||Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick|
DescriptionThis is the spire in front of the Mushroom that you see on the way to Earth Angel. It's a fun little adventure. Most of the climbing is 5.6 and under until the last move, which unless you hang out at Kelly Canyon a lot is a major sandbag at 5.9. Pitch 1 is shady, but the rest of the route is in the sun.
Pitch 1) 5.6 80' Start at the high point of the notch, and climb the easy chimney/flare into a spooky place. The crux is at a little rooflet. Either belay in the spooky place, or traverse left a bit and belay on a cool ledge.
Pitch 2) 5.6 100' Do not climb the choss above your head!! Traverse the limestone band left (south) half-way around the spire. Belay when you can no longer pull the rope. Most of the gear on the traverse is at your feet, in the limestone.
Pitch 3) 5.6 120' Find an easy chimney to go up on the right side of a pillar (left side also looks climbable). Go up to ledgy terrain and build a belay under the bolt on the summit block. Belay takes blue and black aliens (and you can use the bolt)
Pitch 4) 5.9+ 20' Clip the bolt and claw your way past a very strenuous mantle.
Descent: 3 raps to the notch.
Rap 1: 20' Rap off the summit block. The bolts were naked and un-rappable when we were there. After scratching our heads for a while we left webbing but no rap rings, so bring your own stuff. It now occurs to me that the party that placed the bolts must have simul-rapped the summit block.
Rap 2: 20' Rap off a slung block to a 2 bolt anchor at the top of a chimney.
Rap 3: 150' Back to your packs.