Avg: 2.6 from 18 votes
|Type:||Trad, 180 ft, 3 pitches, Grade II|
|FA:||Pat Callis, Jerry Kanzler Mothers Day 1969|
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|Shared By:||grk10vq on Aug 25, 2010|
DescriptionA fully traditional work out, Mothers Day is an adventure of yesteryear. . . today! True value, this route comes full circle with a variety of climbing styles and techniques. With three wandering pitches, good route finding skills are a must as well as a balanced knowledge of building anchors.
P1: Begin on the north, front face with a hand sized crack that climbs about 15 feet before it turns into a bushy, tree filled section, climb past this to a large, clean belay ledge. Build an anchor. Dirty, vegetated, and barely worth it, protection here is decent and the climbing is mellow. 50' (5.6)
P1-a: Alternatively, a better way to begin is up and around the north side corner on a clean face where three more obvious variations exist.
P2: Move up and right to a small stance and continue straight up to a broken left-facing corner. Climb this until it "empties out" and cross right, back onto the face to a hand sized crack that ends at another obvious and clean ledge. Exciting climbing up a clean line with good and spacious gear. Build an anchor. 55' (5.7)
P3: Continue up and right through a short corner (more direct) or traverse immediately right off the belay onto the face and gain a large groove or "birth canal", being it Mothers Day and all? Make a straight shot following the crack towards a flake on a small bulge (crux). Fire the roof, top out, and fashion a belay. Grunting and groveling on this pitch are not uncommon. Good rock, good line, good fun. 65' (5.9)
Descent: Descend via a long walk-off to the left or right of the buttress or just walk 15' to the south and rappel using The Watchtower's Standard Route anchors if they aren't occupied.