Type: Trad, 60 ft (18 m)
FA: Doug Kerr, 1951
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Shared By: doligo on Nov 22, 2010
Admins: Morgan Patterson, M Santisi, chris vultaggio

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I have always been curious about this short climb - except for an occasional boulderer, I had never seen anyone even top-roping this climb. This past weekend, my partner and I found out why.

P1: Climb an obvious 4" left-leaning crack onto the ledge, follow the chimney/corner to the overhang and exit right. The crux is mid-crack at the chockstone. Grab the chockstone and chicken-wing your way up to good holds. Grey Dick rates it at 5.7 - it's probably a 5.7 for someone over 6', for they could grab the grimper on the right easily, for anyone shorter, the OW feels at least a 5.9. Hence there is the ambiguous 5.7+ grade. If anyone more experienced in OW, can enlighten me what grade this should go as an off-width, I'd be happy to change the grade. Wear old jeans/carhartts that you won't regret cutting off in case your knee gets stuck.

There are two hand and finger cracks to the left of the OW, they supposedly go at 5.9 and 5.9+. These two cracks are also very popular bouldering problems.

Walk off left to descend.

Location Suggest change

An obvious wide crack on the carriage-road facing side of the Keyhole wall.

Protection Suggest change

You can leap-frog a #5 in the OW, it is also possible to sling the chockstone, but maybe more strenuous. The overhang at the top can be protected with a #4, but it is not necessary, there is some small gear on the face to the right.