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Hall Pass

5.10d, Sport, 110 ft,  Avg: 3.3 from 18 votes
FA: Austin Archer & Rick Ziegler
California > Sierra Eastside > Bishop Area > Pine Creek Canyon > Three Hour Buttress

Description

This route is an alternative to the 4th pitch of The Three Hour Arete. Climb the first 3 pitches of Three Hour Arete, clip the first bolt of pitch 4, then continue traversing left to an exposed roof. Pull the crux (5.10d) and continue up fun sport granite sport climbing to the anchors of Three Hour Arete.

Location

Approach: Park 0.6 miles past PrattÂ’s
0.6 miles up the road from Pratt's Crack Gully on Pine Creek Road, to where small a creek crosses road.
Walk on old mining road, to use trail.
Short Class 3 to base of cliff.
10 minutes.

Protection

12 Quickdraws.

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Scott at the end of the traverse crux on Hall Pass.
[Hide Photo] Scott at the end of the traverse crux on Hall Pass.
Scott on Hall Pass, this section is past the crux and really fun, low key climbing
[Hide Photo] Scott on Hall Pass, this section is past the crux and really fun, low key climbing

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Victor Lawson
Bishop, CA
 
[Hide Comment] In my opinion, the best pitch on the buttress (so far...) The rock might be better on other pitches, but the actual climbing and exposure outmatch everything else on in the 3 Hour Arete family. May 14, 2011
Jason Chinchen
Bend, Oregon
 
[Hide Comment] ^^What Victor said...^^ Jun 18, 2011
Weston L
NEVADASTAN
  5.10d
[Hide Comment] This thing is awesome! Go do it! Very well protected with amazing movement and position. Oct 28, 2015
old5ten
Berkeley + Sunny Slopes, CA
  5.10d
[Hide Comment] excellent pitch. rock quality is just fine, position and climbing are wonderful. better than the regular 4th pitch finish (which i gave 4 stars also ;-)

it is possible to do the traverse low (presumably most people climb it that way), but it's also possible to climb the traverse high (ie use the regular hand traverse rail for foot holds). this would be exciting on lead, but is really fun as a second.

unclipping the 3rd bolt after clipping the 4th bolt significantly reduces rope drag... Jun 24, 2017
Blurie .
San Diego, Ca
  5.10d
[Hide Comment] Do it do it do it! Would've been a little disappointed with 3 hour arete without this pitch. Super fun technical traversing leads to easier but engaging climbing. Dec 31, 2017