Avg: 3 from 1 vote
|Type:||Sport, 600 ft (182 m), 7 pitches, Grade III|
|Page Views:||554 total · 3/month|
|Shared By:||Colin Winter on Oct 18, 2008|
|Admins:||Dan Flynn, Mark P.|
The route is beautiful from start to finish, its highlight a long hand traverse to skirt around a monster roof in the sixth pitch.
Pitch 1: 5c, straightforward face climbing
Pitch 2: 6a, more of the same, with one delicate move in the middle of the pitch giving it the grade.
Pitch 3: 5c, relatively easy climbing up a ramp underneath a roof. The interesting part comes towards the end, where the ramp meets the roof, providing a bit of chimney-like climbing to reach the anchor. Unfortunately, this pitch is sometimes moist.
Pitch 4: 6a+ or 5b, the original route continues up a corner at 5b. When the route was rebolted some years ago, a phenomenal new variation was created, which takes you out right of the corner and onto a face of beautiful, compact vertical rock with great crimps.
Pitch 5: 4a, a short scramble onto a ledge to get into position for the next pitch.
Pitch 6: 6a+, the highlight of the route. You move up on steep, positive holds, climbing right up underneath a very large roof. Right where the face and the roof meet, there is a continuous, sinker horizontal crack which you hand-traverse for a good 10 meters to get out from under the roof and gain the anchor. The holds are bomber all the way, but the face you are traversing cuts away underneath you, so there are limits to how much you can alleviate the strain on your upper body. After periods of rain this crack can be moist, which adds to the excitement.
Pitch 7: 6a+, a stellar last pitch moving up and right on steep, sharp, pocketed stone.
A bird and child, as per the name of the route, is painted on the rock to mark the start.
Descent is by abseilpiste directly from the last anchor of the route.