Type: Trad, 100 ft
FA: Bill Forrest and Don Briggs, 1966
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Shared By: James Beissel on May 26, 2008
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Description

This is probably the easiest way to get to the Upper Terrace on Bookmark Pinnacle, but the climbing is low quality and awkward. Scramble up the descent gully on the north side of the pinnacle until roping up becomse prudent. Climb up to the top of the gully and look for two cracks splitting the north side of the Upper Terrace. The left crack is a hand crack, the right crack is an offwidth. Jam up the handcrack try to avoid the bushes and guano.

From the Upper Terrace you can either climb the summit blade as a second pitch (reccommended) or rap off from the anchor on Time Machine.

Rappelling from the chockstone in the chimney between the Upper Terrace and the summit blade is not reccomended.

Location

This route is located high in the descent gully on the north side of Bookmark Pinnacle.

If going to the summit, descend as for East Side, otherwise it appears to be possible to rappel from the anchors of Time Machine on the east side of the Upper Terrace.

Protection

Standard rack, pro to 3"

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Russ Keane
Asheville, NC
Russ Keane   Asheville, NC
This route is very hard to find. In fact, I never found it.

We got to the lower terrace, via a shallow finger crack that can be see from the far right side of the bottom of the buttress, about 40 feet up and around the corner from the start of East Side. From the lower terrace, we could not find any 5.7 way up to the upper terrace. Therefore, we had no clue about this cave route, and I think we did a line that is not documented.

As it was, the shallow crack was a little sketchy and difficult. Run-out and quite a character builder, maybe about 5.7 (not quite 5.8 but a tough 5.7). Sep 17, 2014