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|Type:||Trad, 400 ft, 4 pitches, Grade III|
|FA:||Mike Schneiter, Chris Van Leuven and John Lloyd|
|Page Views:||118 total · 1/month|
|Shared By:||Michael Schneiter on Jun 2, 2011|
|Admins:||Alvaro Arnal, Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac|
DescriptionCanyon Cruiser is 400 feet of well-protected quartzite climbing featuring surprisingly clean rock that is beautifully featured with a myriad of incut holds and horizontal edges.
On the first pitch, start on the right side of the deep red colored rock, next to a small cairn, and angle up and left to a ledge sheltered by a large, right-facing corner.
On the second pitch, climb straight up for a few feet to an obvious horizontal then traverse right to a crack that splits the face. Pass a tiered ledge system that has some choss on it and continue up a crack system before belaying on a large ledge to the right where some large cams are helpful to build a belay.
On pitch three, climb straight up from the belay before moving right to a true west-facing wall where a small overlap is passed via amazingly sculpted, yet clean quartzite. Belay on a large ledge below a clean face.
On the fourth and final pitch, climb straight up the face, pounding in a pin to protect the initial moves and for a true experience trend up and right, avoiding the large crack on the left. Climb atop a ledge with large, stacked blocks below a big undercut roof. Climb straight over the roof for full value or bypass it to the left. Belay on the ledge at a nice plaque of rock where an excellent knife blade anchor can be built.
Additional pitches could be climbed on the quartzite buttress above. Or, traverse right for about 750 feet where you can down climb or do a single rope rappel from a tree with a sling into a gully. Descend gully to the tracks.
The name comes from the way this climb was done ground-up in an afternoon (8 hours roundtrip), starting at 1 PM from Shoshone.
See beta photos.