Type: Trad, 2265 ft, 14 pitches, Grade IV
FA: Mike Fischesser, et al.
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Shared By: Scoffster on Apr 9, 2009 with 1 Suggestions
Admins: Aaron Parlier, Steve Lineberry

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A fun route that takes one across the greatly exposed upper flank of Laurel Knob.

Primarily "easy 5th" with harder moves usually near protection, more so for the leader than the 2nd, the route is relatively straight forward via the belay (all fixed) and protection bolts.

For the most part the route climbs within LK's last bit of steep rock likely allowing numerous escape points up (versus rapping--which reportedly can be done from belays 3, 6, 8, 9 & 10).


Pass several rocky descents. The trail begins to narrow some. Once in the switchbacks, descending towards LK's base, begin looking for a survey flag stuck into a hallow hole of a tree. Leave the main trail here and follow the obvious one towards the right edge of the cliff.

Start at the two bolts above and below the small 1' roof (about 30' up)--then start moving left.

Descent: Rap Forbidden Fruit


1 to 1 1/2 set of cams (0 Tcu to 3 Camalot) and a few small to medium nuts