Welcome to Courtright
Avg: 3.7 from 18 votes
|Type:||Trad, 700 ft, 5 pitches|
|FA:||Herb Laeger & Greg Vernon, July 1985|
|Page Views:||3,038 total · 46/month|
|Shared By:||Bryan G on Aug 6, 2012|
|Admins:||M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes|
DescriptionThis is a stellar route that follows a prominent black streak near the center of Power Dome. The 5.9 cruxes are well protected but there are some big runouts on 5.7 and easier terrain, making this route a bit more challenging than A Little Nukey. For approach information, see the A Little Nukey page. (Approach option #2, rapping in on the dome's left flank, is by far the best option btw).
To find the start of the route look for a super obvious 90-degree angled roof/corner about 150ft up. There is a horizontal white dike crossing this feature and a large vertical black streak running down the wall to its left. Welcome to Courtright more or less follows the left side of this black water-streak.
Pitch 1: Start at a smaller black streak to the left of the largest black streak that reaches the approach ledge. It's 5.4 solution pockets up to a small ledge about 40ft up. Above the ledge is the first bolt which protects a couple 5.7/5.8 moves. Climb up and left on more easy terrain to a flake (mediocre pro here) and then climb up to a dike. Traverse right on the dike (5.6 R) to a bolted belay anchor.
Pitch 2: Climb up and right past a couple bolts to a bulge. Pass the bulge (5.8/5.9) and then pass one more bolt before climbing up and left on juggy 5.2 to a bolted anchor at a stance atop a flake/ledge.
Pitch 3: More excellent face climbing trending slightly right, but mostly straight up. There's some 5.9 in there but there are several bolts (5 I think) on this pitch. Belay at another bolted anchor at a small stance on a dike (there is an off-route anchor about 40ft to the right of this one, next to a flake)
Pitch 4: Follow the left-most black streak straight up past two more bolts (the first one is good, the second is a rusty 1/4"). The climbing here is lower angle than the pitches below and is mostly easy 5th with a few moves of 5.6 or 5.7 in there.
Pitch 5: Climb straight over the bulge on buckets and solution pockets (fun!) and then follow more buckets up the black streak to the top.