Avg: 3 from 29 votes
|Type:||Sport, 40 ft|
|FA:||Steve Sangdahl and Jack Klein 1982 (Trad lead)|
|Page Views:||1,507 total · 16/month|
|Shared By:||Tradiban on Jun 14, 2010|
|Admins:||Doug Hemken, James Schroeder, Chris treggE|
DescriptionNamed for the ball-bearing-like lichen found on the arete, and originally led as a trad route with very little (if any) protection - this route has largely been ignored since its first ascent. Because of its odd position on a sloping arete, even toprope ascents have been considered somewhat sketchy. Recently, with the blessing of the first-ascensionist, five bolts and anchors have appeared making this an enjoyable sport route in a classic position.
The upper anchors were placed to facilitate rappelling off the Hell Wall (aka Quarry Wall) (west/climber's left) side of the arete, rather than rappelling or lowering directly down the crest of the arete (a disconcerting proposition at best). Even topropers might be well-advised to make use of the protection bolts as directionals given the sharp and sloping nature of the arete.