Pillars of Hercules (left var.)
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|Type:||Trad, TR, 45 ft|
|FA:||G. Bell + LA Mountaineers, 1955|
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|Shared By:||Chris Wenker on Feb 18, 2008|
|Admins:||Aaron Hobson, Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski|
DescriptionThis is route #18 in the on-line guide.
The Pillars of Hercules route is easily identified by the two massive buttresses that mark the prow of the cliff. The climb has two start variations; both starts lead to the base of a broad chimney betwixt the two mighty pillars.
This left start variation requires one first to mantle onto the left side of the large, flat-topped boulder/pillar that marks the base of the climb. The crux is moving left off this boulder and getting to the stance below the twin fist cracks in the back of the broad chimney. The left twin crack seems to protect better. This is a great beginner trad lead, once you feel comfortable with the low crux.
ProtectionThe crux is fairly easily protected, but a fall here might land you back on the flat-topped pillar. The top twin cracks eat up medium/large cams.
Popular to top-rope; a 2-bolt anchor, reachable from the top, was recently re-installed (please don't sling the tree anymore). There's also abundant opportunities for a gear anchor on top if you like.