The Funky Chicken
Avg: 3.9 from 7 votes
|Type:||Trad, 350 ft, 2 pitches|
|FA:||Nathan Brown - rope solo|
|Page Views:||2,441 total · 33/month|
|Shared By:||nbrown on Feb 5, 2012|
|Admins:||Ryan Williams, Aaron Parlier, Steve Lineberry|
DescriptionAnother high quality face route that is unusually well featured for Laurel and should not be missed. This might just be my favorite route at Laurel at this point! The best way to describe the features on this wall is to say that it is more like something you'd find in Tuolumne than right here in Carolina. There are 2 variation's for starting the first pitch, with the left one being the original easier start, and the right one being a little better, straighter, and harder. Both variations are very cool, as are both pitches.
This route even stays dry when most of the other lines in the Canyon are wet -- both pitches were climbed on a day following an all night rain.
Update: the crux is slightly harder now due to a small foot hold crystal breaking sometime recently.
The left (original) start: Start on top of a very short flake in the seasonal creek bed and make a couple moves up onto the long bushy ledge and belay here. P-1 Climb past 2 bolts and medium sized cams to a ledge with finger sized cams/tricam. Sling this very long, and move right to a line of bolts (6) leading off the right side of the ledge. Watch rope drag at the first couple bolts of this next section. Follow these bolts to the anchor 180'.
The right-hand start: Locate the larger flake/chimney feature uphill and about 30' right (just shy of the fixed rope in the gully). Chimney up to the ledge and follow a line of 3 bolts straight into the original line which is 5 more bolts to the anchor. 160' This variation makes this pitch an absolute must-do classic!
P-2 Climb up and right past 3 bolts to good holds, and good gear. Large tricam (3-3.5) works well here, but is not necessary. Traverse right to the corner and follow it up onto the easier and highly featured face -- some of the biggest granite holds you'll ever pull on! Climb to the top on jugs and good gear to a 2 bolt anchor just over the lip. 180'
Rap route with 2 ropes.