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|Type:||Trad, 5 pitches, Grade III|
|FA:||James Cook, Rene Ardesch, July 1988|
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|Shared By:||Nathan W. on Aug 22, 2013|
|Admins:||Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes|
The Approach: pitch 1.Walk to the furthest right(south) side of Zocalo ledge, you'll see two bolts with rap rings on them, you can clip these as your anchor. Climb the crack directly above the bolts. Step on to the small dike ,twenty feet up, and place a piece high(.3-.5"). Traverse right on a rising dike that leads into a corner. Follow the corner to a large ledge and either use the bolts to the left or build an anchor to the right.
Pitch 2. Walk to the right side of this ledge and start up a 5.6 off-width. You'll get to a hand sized horizontal crack, place here and the climb straight up and slightly right into the slab(exposed 5.8 Crux). You'll get to a small corner that'll take good pro.continue left and up afterwards. Traverse left below the overhanging wall for a bit till you find a good spot to belay.This pitch is a rope stretcher for a 70m. I recommend splitting it up by belaying before the traverse. A 70m is needed to reach the ledge to the left, with a 60m you'll just end up cutting the traverse short to Belay, or the leader may end up belaying the second on a slung stick under a couple of rocks!
The Route: Now to start the route! Pitch 1: Once you arrive at the ledge, climb the right-slanting finger crack that leads into a dihedral, continue up the closing book, with a fist crack splitter in the back,(5.8) and belay in the alcove.
Pitch 2: The shortest but sweetest pitch. The alcove is capped with a roof that has a couple cracks underneath that take you out from under it. Traverse along these cracks until you pull around the roof, enjoy the exposure, and summit on the Patio Ledge. lots of drag so belay right after the roof. Success! Bask in the cheers of the tourists above!
The walk off from the patio isn't terribly straight forward and is 4th/low 5th class and a fall could be horrible and lead to death and whatnot. Once you're on the ledge go to the left side and scramble up some easy slab and then follow the wall too the right, turn an exposed corner, with a drop off, and climb the small ravine to the stairway. Rope recommended.