Type: Trad, 60 ft
FA: Chris Summit
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Shared By: Jerry Dodrill on Jan 2, 2014
Admins: Aron Quiter, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Access Issue: Mt. St. Helena Crags - Fire Damage from Fall 2017 Details


This is a long overlooked gem of a trad route at the Far Side. The first known ascent was by Chris Summit and was one of the earliest of the many new routes he has since established in the Bay Area and across California. Listed as a dirty 5.8 crack in his Wine Country Rocks book, it was destined for obscurity. Recently it was scrubbed and rediscovered as an excellent adventure in a stunning Far Side setting that will continue to get better with additional traffic.


On the lowest, farthest west formation of the FarSide, the route is just around the corner, Left of Seymore Frishberg and Boneless Chicken Ranch. Start from the ledge. Climb up gray rock into the corner, placing cams in pockets. Pull a bulge to easy terrain then climb up into a steepening dihedral. Stem between pocketed faces and plug cams in the crack for protection. Walk up and off to the left to get back to the base.


A single set of cams should suffice, from fingers to #2 Camalot. I put a #5 into a huge pocket for a first piece, but a smaller piece may work as well. Save a few pieces for a gear anchor on the ledge at top. Belay from above or use long slings to top rope. There are no bolts on the route.


Floyd Hayes
Floyd Hayes  
Too bad it has an easy section between the lower 5.6 and upper 5.7 section. Cracks under a big block at the top provide an obvious belay anchor, but it's safer using a more solid crack above it. There is now a double-bolt rappel anchor higher up. May 5, 2014