Type: Trad, 100 ft
FA: Mark Schlocker & Jeff Salow, 3/31/2007
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Shared By: mschlocker on Apr 1, 2007
Admins: Colin Parker, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Description

Climb up and right from the top of Gold Nugget. Clip a bolt and pull the crux to a sloping ledge. Follow the ledge up and left to the right side of two obvious water streaks. Three more bolts up a featured face lead to a bolted rappel anchor. Rappel is about 90 feet back to the top of Gold Nugget so tie knots in the end of your rope.

The FA was my first experience using a hand drill on lead. Combined with the gold mining history of the area, "First Strike" seemed an appropriate name. I wanted to pick a line with worthwhile climbing yet decent stances. This fit the bill. I do wish the sloping ledge was more of an off angle cliff, but you work with what you've got.

Location

A second pitch to Gold Nugget. Starts on top of the pillar on the right side of the wall.

Protection

4 bolts to a bolted anchor. Small cams if you feel uncomfortable with runouts on easy ground. If you just made it up Gold Nugget, chances are you will be fine with just the bolts.

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