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Skyline Scramble T 5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c R
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Type: Trad, 200 ft, 3 pitches
FA: unknown
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Shared By: mikehilbert on Oct 8, 2012
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Description

The Skyline Scramble, or alternately coined "Micro-Ferrata", starts at the large tree to the right of the spur trail to the Spire. The route is graded 5.3, R unassisted, though there exist ropes and metal pipes to aid climbers. Most of the route is 5.easy but the first two pitches have a couple tricky moves and serious exposure. No one really gears up for this because of the fixed assistance (ropes on traverse pitch and metal pipe on headwall).

P1 begins with a 50 ft fixed rope assisted 4th class traverse along a smattering of slick tree roots to a short but thinly featured (metal pipe assisted) ascent of about 25 feet. This section is the 5.3 technical crux as holds are scarce with some slabby feet. Walk to the right along the broad, grassy ledge to the base of the primary ascent. (5.3, R...trees and roots are on)

P2 is about 60 feet of metal pipe/fixed rope assisted near vert climbing with plenty feature. The crux is about half way up (at the rusted out section of pipe) and requires a long reach or technical movement. P2 finishes at a ledge on the right of the face. (5.2, R)

P3 is roughly 60 more feet of the same pipe assisted climbing at about the same grade (5.0, R). Top out on Sokehs Rock!

Turn around for a view of the Spire, Adam's Apple, Sokehs Ridge and Pohnpei Island...the best view in Micronesia! Walk north through a small patch of trees to the northern end of the rock for a view of the lagoon (north), APSCO dock (west), airport (east) and Kolonia town (southeast).

The route carries an "R" rating because of the relative difficulty in finding gear placements, were someone to attempt to protect this on trad, which, as I mentioned earlier, no one does.

Location

Same approach as the Spire but at the junction spur trail to the Spire (on left), proceed up and to the right to a large tree and the beginning of the Skyline Scramble.

Protection

A metal pipe runs the length of the climb and is coupled with a fixed (but obviously weathered) rope for much of the vert ascent.

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