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Walk In The High Country

5.8 PG13, Sport, 500 ft (152 m), 5 pitches,  Avg: 3.3 from 15 votes
FA: James Crump
Texas > Enchanted Rock… > Main Dome > Devil's Slide
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Description

This route is a great multi-pitch traverse across the backside of Main Dome. Crosses several other popular routes, so you may have to wait or ask permission to cross other parties if its a busy day. This climb can definitely be a route finding challenge past P3 due to the sea of bolts on Main Dome.

P1-3 can be done as a standalone, topping out on several different climbs or rapping off of Easier Than It Looks anchors with a single 60m rope.

P1 (~30m): Climb the face using the arete formed by the right facing dihedral (4 bolts) to a set of anchors.

P2 (~30m): Traverse up and right across the top of the overlap (6 bolts) to a set of anchors.

P3 (~30m): Traverse across easy terrain to a grassy ledge (no bolts) with 2 sets of anchors (left is Easier Than It Looks, right is Mark Of The Beast).

P4: Continue traversing the upper shield using bolts on existing routes following a dike that angles up (guidebook says 3 bolts, 2 anchors).

P5: Angle up and right through a dish and a bulge (guidebook says 2 bolts).

Location

Starts on the far left side of Devil's Slide. Look for a large, arching right facing dihedral that is approximately 150' to the left of Easier Than It Looks. The climb starts on top of the dihedral, immediately to the left.

Protection

Bolts and 2 bolt anchors.

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Nikki at the anchors of P1 Walk in the High Country.
[Hide Photo] Nikki at the anchors of P1 Walk in the High Country.

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Tommy G.
Fort Polk, LA
[Hide Comment] We linked P2/3 with a 70m and made it to the first set of anchors on the Mark of the Beast ledge, which is far enough to climb pitch P4 w/o difficulty.

P4: this is the route finding pitch, here's my 2 cents, feel free to make other suggestions.

Continue straight right from the MOTB anchors past two somewhat closely spaced bolts (don't veer up right away to the high bolt). Continue traversing right while trending up for <20' to a third bolt. Keep traversing on the same trajectory to past a fourth bolt and the anchor should come into view.

This leaves a one-bolt fifth pitch to the top. Dec 8, 2014
[Hide Comment] Awesome route. The key to staying on route for pitch four is to stay directly right of the second anchor set above MOTB. You can build a trad anchor to the left of the last bolt on pitch 5 with cams #1-3. Jan 22, 2019
Cole Schmidt
  5.8 PG13
[Hide Comment] Here is a great informational video on this route: youtube.com/watch?v=NB4U8St… Aug 6, 2019