Avg: 4 from 1 vote
Routes in The Clamshell
|Infinite T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a X|
|Rock Pedophile T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a R|
|Type:||Trad, 300 ft, 3 pitches|
|FA:||Greg Lowe, Kent (Hack) Christianson, Rob Brown - 1967|
|Page Views:||3,712 total, 50/month|
|Shared By:||RKM on Nov 25, 2011|
|Admins:||grk10vq, WAGbag, Mike Engle|
DescriptionGreg originally rated this route 5.9+ and the line followed a deceptive path up the middle of the slab. It has been essentially erased by the 'Retrofit Route' to the right. Because of this, probably no one will repeat the original line or experience the original intent of this Greg Lowe masterpiece.
Some years ago writing on a thread for SuperTopo, Jeff Lowe had the following comment about 'Infinite'.
Hard Slab Climbs
Nov 30, 2006 - 06:11pm PT
In the sixties in SLC we had already drunk the Kool-Aid. . .My cousin George climbed the Dorsal Fin with long run outs between chickenheads to drill from. It's still rated 10d. It was my first climb of that sort, when George took me to repeat it in 1967. I just thought it must be normal. I also really enjoyed the need for concentration and steady nerves. . . . Probably the hardest slab climb in the country in those days was my brother, Greg's route, Infinite, in the City of Rocks. Infinite had lots of 5.10 spice climbing, and a 5.11c crux fully 30 feet above the last 1/4" bolt. Kim Miller made the second ascent in the mid 'seventies and I repeated it afterwards. These may have been the only ascents of the route, as someone bolted the hell out of it top down sometime later, changing the line and completely destroying an important piece of American climbing history.