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Ant Farm, The T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b R
Cannonball Corner T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
Cary Granite T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Coffee Achievers T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Emerald Highway, The T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Escape Route T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Espresso T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Good Evans T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Harry Cary T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c
High Variance T 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Old Rappel Route T 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Parallel Universe T 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b A4 R
Phil-a-Guster T 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Rainbow Highway T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Road Warrior T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Rusty Dagger, The T 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a R
Seven Sins (linkup of S.O.A.S into H.V.) T 5.12 7b+ 27 VIII+ 26 E6 6b PG13
Sinners On Sunday T 5.12- 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a C0
Undertow T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a A4- R
Undertow (free) T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Unnamed Bolted Face T,S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c A1-
Type: Trad, Sport, Aid, Alpine, 160 ft
FA: Strappo Hughes in Winter. Never went Free!
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Shared By: Ken Trout on Jul 15, 2008
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Description

This could be a direct start for Espresso. A nice crack up to a line of bolts past some big xenoliths. 5.11+ is what we remember. The first attempts were initiated by Kirk Miller and Rusty Kirkpatrick about 1989. Noel Childs and Gerry Rock must have been involved, too. Strappo Hughes was first to finish the pitch using double-boots in winter.

Mello approach: Use the Summit Lake gullies both in and out. Axe can be nice of snowfield.

Best descent is to clean the anchor and climb up the ledge toward Rusty Dagger. Classic walk off on ledge (third class) followed by hiking the gully back up to Summit Lake. See Map @ mountainproject.com/images/…

Location

This is the low point of the main wall, an apron below the big traverse ledge that starts Espresso. I remember a giant top rope was set up from the ledge once to work the route.

Protection

The usual Black Wall monster rack isn't needed for this pitch. But it would be wise to bring more than a draw rack, just in case.

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