Direct West Face
Avg: 3 from 1 vote
|Type:||Trad, Alpine, 8 pitches, Grade III|
|FA:||Tony Bentley, Ross Peritore July, 2006|
|Page Views:||458 total · 8/month|
|Shared By:||Ross Peritore on Apr 23, 2013|
|Admins:||Scott Coldiron, Nate Ball, Jon Nelson, Micah Klesick|
DescriptionTony and I climbed a new route on the west face of Pernod Spire.
8 pitches of cracks and face lead to the summit ridge.
The face has a large wave like roof about a pitch up and we had thought that the line would go to the left of the roof.
We finally found a crack and corner sysem with solid granite and started up.
The first pitch (5.8) was nice hand cracks and a corner that led up to slabs below the roof
Tony led the second pitch (5.8) which climbed a thin crack and a slab up and right, right up to below the roof.
The third pitch was the crux. I traversed on slabs left around the roof and launched up an incredible corner with an off-fingers crack...steep, with a nice bulge, this led to some wild stemming moves and finished with a leftward move into a seam and grooves, a full 60m pitch at 5.10+
The 4th pitch (5.9) started with an interesting leftward step across a slab into more cracks. Intermittent finger cracks led up for a full pitch between a corner and a huge freestanding horn.
The fifth pitch (5.10) started with another interesting move right off the belay, and then up an arching corner with a thin finger crack under the lip and finished with a really cool move up and over the lip and up ~30' of face/slab on positive edges(5.9R face climbing)
Tony led the 6th (5.9) pitch up a broken face and through a little notch and then left on nice cracks.
the 7th pitch (5.9) was another nice crack that seamed out for a few moves and brought us up to the ridge crest, where I traversed the airy narrow ridge, until the ridge is blocked by a vertical block which we could not surmount, nor go around on the ridge, so we rapped down to benches below the summit and climbed to below the true summit via the 5.10 corner of the Nelson/Bale route, which is a fine pitch in itself. To reach the true summit there are two moves of aid off old bolts which at the time one had no hanger, and the other bolt was hanging halfway out the hole.
The summit block is A0.
There are no fixed anchors or bolts on this route except for the rap anchor on the summit ridge where we left a couple nuts, and the old aid bolts on the summit block.
Descend by rapping to the east down the gully to the Pernod/Chablis notch, then a couple more raps down steep slabs to the neve below. Trend north around base of Chianti spire, and up to Burgundy Col. From the col follow climbers path down to car.