The Hurt Locker
Avg: 3 from 3 votes
|Type:||Sport, 140 ft|
|Page Views:||140 total · 1/month|
|Shared By:||Drewsky on Jul 4, 2010|
|Admins:||Scott Coldiron, Nate Ball, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick|
Respect the small area that may still be signed off. Details
Presently, routes to the right of the route ";;Kate Moss";; are off limits due to fire damage in Summer 2015. So, this should not affect the routes presently listed here. But, respect the signs that identify this area. Thank you.
DescriptionThe first (from left to right as you look at the crag) of a 'Trifecta' of long (40m) routes at Newhalem. This is an athletic climb up a steep chimney feature. Thug through blocky climbing in a steep hanging slot. A crux lies in wait somewhere at the end, slapping up a blunt feature on opposing sidepulls. The only drawback to Hurt Locker is that it's simple and more intuitive to climb to the right and onto Meridian at the top, thus bypassing the crux moves. However, it's also possible and more intuitive to end Meridian at the jug atop Hurt Locker, so the climbs provide some slight variations to one another. If you really must contrive greater difficulty, skip the move right to the Meridian rest and move straight into the crux feature. Better yet, one could stay left and bear hug the left arete, providing a more difficult finish to the route.
LocationJust left of where the trail meets the crag, a line of bolts divides into two lines around a large, ominous block. The left is the start of a three pitch route, "Cold Beer in the River", while the right ("Domestic Bliss, .11a") climbs straight up the scary block and trends right. The Hurt Locker continues above this right variation. 80m rope for full descent, but with some annoyance a 70m can be used to lower to the "Domestic Bliss" anchors.
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