Type: Trad, 500 ft, 4 pitches, Grade II
FA: Bob Kamps, Tom Higgins July '67
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Shared By: john durr on Jul 9, 2007 with 2 Suggestions
Admins: M Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Description

A classic 4-5 pitch dihedral with all types of crack climbing but mainly liebacking and finger locks. This is another great route on Daff that gets plenty of summer afternoon sun.

Three starting options exist; the original 5.9 dihedral that passes a fun roof to an awkward and physical slot then sweet jams - a great pitch, what appears to be a runout 5.9 face to easy crack pitch with one bolt or a 5.7 crack with steep face to enter it. The first two options lead to the same fixed anchor (tat with a rap ring) and the third option is a gear belay on a decent ledge.

From the fixed anchor at the end of the first pitch you should continue the second pitch left past easy jamming with lots of knob footholds until a 5.8 traverse at a big hand hold / pod in the crack allows a crack switch left about 5 feet, this is exciting for the second. Alternatively you can make a 20 foot rappel to the top of the 5.7 crack or down climb to it 5.7. The second pitch ends at huge ledge. The optional 5.7 crack first pitch start avoids the exciting traverse for your partner on the second pitch.

The third pitch jams and laybacks up a wonderful corner to belay at a small stance, easy 5.9 with #3 camalot belay.

Fourth pitch runs up to a large loose flake then underclings the quick 5.10- crux (small offset stoppers or tiny cams) to more good jamming. Belay at the top of the dihedral to watch your partner or continue to the top with easy safe climbing.

Location

On the far northwest side of the dome, start near a tree on the ledge 20 feet north of West Crack for the original start or 20 feet further north for the 5.7 start. Descent by 1 x 60 meter single rope rappel from chains near the only tree on the northeast side of the dome then walk northwest through the notch.

Protection

Plenty of stoppers, offsets are especially useful. Cams from small through #3 camelot useful. Crux can be protected with a black totem or equivalent size. 3-4 fixed pins on original 5.9 crack pitch and add a few long slings if you do this pitch. No fixed anchors at belays except the original 5.9 crack first pitch.

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