Avg: 2 from 1 vote
Routes in Block Ridge
|Ace of Spades T 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a|
|Last Goodbye T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Type:||Trad, Alpine, 700 ft, 5 pitches|
|FA:||Mark Leonard, Kathy Kocon-Hicks, Gary Hicks, 1980|
|Page Views:||450 total, 8/month|
|Shared By:||Chris Wenker on Jun 11, 2013|
|Admins:||Aaron Hobson, Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski|
DescriptionLocated on Block Ridge, which forms the left side (south edge) of Trundle Wall, Last Goodbye presents some good 5.8 climbing down low, with a mellow finish, in a great setting. Described by Hill (1993:191-192).
P1, ~160: Aim for the beautiful dihedral that is visible 100 up. From the first belay tree, head up and slightly right to the overhanging groove (yes, the one with all the rock lettuce/cabbage.) (To the left, there is a clean overhang that leads directly to the dihedral as well. I spent a long time trying to turn that roof, but I didnt see a way to keep it in the 5.7-5.8 range. But it was chalked up, so someones been on it recently.) Above the overhanging 5.7 groove on the right, follow steep, slightly loose blocks to a fixed pin (an angle in a horizontal; the head of the pin is stamped IIIX or XIII, if that means anything to anyone). Then climb a fun thin face on a leftwardly ascending traverse into the excellent 40 5.8 dihedral. (The direct corner from below meets up again here). At the top of the dihedral, the massive prow of the ridge looms above. Belay somewhere around here, planning for the next pitch to head up to the right.
P2-4: Without trying, we sort of unintentionally blended Hills next three pitches into two. Regardless, from the toe of the prow, head right, up another superb 40 5.8 dihedral, then up a slabby ramp below a short headwall. Above the headwall, the ridgeline flattens out. Traverse this 4th class sawtooth ridge to the namesake Block.
P5: Ascend easy 5th class up the steep face behind the block, which will spit you out right at the rap anchors for the Trundle Wall routes.