The Wasp/The Sting
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|Type:||Trad, 250 ft, 3 pitches|
|Page Views:||1,490 total, 16/month|
|Shared By:||Alex Bury on May 23, 2010|
|Admins:||andy patterson, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes|
DescriptionThe most engaging line on the wall.
Steep and demanding climbing out of the cave leads to the long, low angle face above. The route is capped with a small roof, which contains several variations.
Although it is possible to link pitches, managing the lower and upper roofs is more reasonable when the climb is broken up into three pitches.
-The Wasp [5.8] lieback out the left side of the cave. The crux is getting into the lieback.
-The Sting [5.10+ R] big moves on overhanging terrain out the cave. The crux is pulling the lip.
Both first pitch variations end just above the cave at slung huecos.
Easy climbing follows a system of huecos upward. Continue upward until a crack opens up, offering better pro.
Belay at the small but sturdy oak, down and right from the high roof, or construct a belay.
Steep and exposed moves past a roof, 200+ feet off the deck. From the belay, head left to the roof and surmount it via one of three weaknesses.
The leftmost crack is 5.9, the middle is 5.8, and the rightmost is 5.7.
Getting to the 5.9 crack from the oak belay includes a great hand traverse beneath the roof.
A large oak with slings makes it easy to rappel back down and sample each top-out variation.
*tattered slings marking the top of pitch 1 on 'The Sting' replaced with black webbing and tan ring Oct. 19th 2013*
ProtectionDouble rack of cams; BD (#.3-3), One #4, nuts
This route is 100% bolt free.
A top-rope can be set up on The Sting by first climbing pitch one of The Wasp. At the slung huecos, equalize several more huecos to create a bomber TR setup. There is webbing and a fat ring to lower from when you are done.