Avg: 3.7 from 13 votes
|Type:||Sport, 270 ft (82 m), 3 pitches|
|FA:||Patrick Munn, Dominic Eisinger-- 2002|
|Page Views:||4,248 total · 27/month|
|Shared By:||Chris Duca on Oct 28, 2007|
Several recent incidents at the Poke-O Moonshine Main Face have heightened tensions with neighboring landowners.
Shortcut Trail (aka the Smitty Trail): The main approach goes from the (now closed) campground to the cliff near Discord. There is a shortcut trail on the right that provides access to the cliff near Pentecostal. This shortcut trail crosses the edges of two parcels of private land, and was closed in the spring of 2014. As of Aug 30, 2014, this trail is open on a tentative basis. Stay on the trail; there are some cairns and Access Fund signage to help.
Northern Trail Closure (aka the Easy Living Trail): There is an old trail that connects US 9 with the cliff near Psalm 32. This trail is entirely on private land and should NOT be used by climbers; indeed, it has been closed and undocumented for many years. Both ends of this trail are now marked with signs courtesy of the Access Fund.
In short, while visiting the Main Face, approach from the campground, and stay on the main trail along the base of the cliff.
Begin the route by climbing up a 10' blocky corner to the beginning of the first pitch. Climb the technical arete protected by 5 bolts to a set of chain anchors on a nice belay ledge (5.9+).
This next pitch is the crux. Leave the belay and climb out left over a small, but steep roof using some high steps, a few hidden holds and some muscle. Continue up the corner past 11 bolts (11b) and an alternate belay ledge to the base of the final pitch ("The Raspberry Pitch") and another set of chain anchors.
If asked, some may say the final pitch is the technical crux of the route despite it being a full number grade easier (10b). Whichever opinion you side with, get ready for some fairly sequential, blunt arete climbing in an airy situation.
Finish the route at set of chain anchors. One 60m rope with three rappels will get you back to the ground.