Avg: 2 from 3 votes
Routes in Observatory Rock
|99% Pure T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|Double Vision T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a|
|Flop, The T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b|
|Glass Bead Game, The T,S 5.11- 6c 22 VIII+ 22 E3 5c|
|Jonah T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a|
|Mineral Secretion T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b|
|Original Route T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Panic in the Gray Womb T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b|
|Punch Line T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a|
|Skin Mechanic T,S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a|
|Stargazing T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a|
|Telescoping Sum T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|Will Chevy Slab S 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c|
|Type:||Trad, 100 ft|
|Page Views:||452 total, 5/month|
|Shared By:||Casey Flynn on Jun 7, 2010|
|Admins:||Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac|
DescriptionA fun, albeit grungy climb on the Observatory. It could use a lot of cleaning (of dirt, pine needles, lichen, and friable rock), but is still worth doing.
Stem, lie back, and jam up the corner in a dirty crack (crux), then move right and up across a face to a left-facing, left-slanting dihedral. Smear feet on the licheny face and jam/lie back the crack at right to a good ledge. A nice 10 foot hand and finger crack on the right brings you to the top, where you can set up a belay.
Descent: Walk 60 feet left (west) along the top of the rock to anchors at the top of Skin Mechanic. Rap ~80-90 feet, looking for anchors on a ledge off to the climber's right. Another ~70 foot rap brings you to the ground.
LocationStargazing starts at the bottom of a lie back crack at the top of a pedestal. Start left of Original Route and the large crack of Mineral Secretion in the next corner over. Look for an orange, lichen covered face right of the crack start.
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