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Routes in The Bihedral (Upper Tier)

A Fly in the Ointment T,S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
AHR S 5.11c/d 7a 24 VIII 25 E4 6a
Acid Crack T 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Acid Rock T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
Bihedral T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
Bihedral Arete T,S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Blood Diamond S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Case of the Fags T 5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
Crack Variation T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Dan's Line S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Daydreaming T 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Diamonds and Rust S 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Dihedral Variation T,S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Edge of Reality S 5.12a/b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6a R
Fat Tuesday T,S 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Flags of Our Fathers T,S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Flesh Eating Flies S 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
Group Therapy S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Hesitantly Decisive T 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13
Heterohedral T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
High Hard One S 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
Hold The Line S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
It's Time For Change T,S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Just Putin Around T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
Left-Handed Tool T,S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Night Moves T,S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Oh Boy T,S 5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
Pariah S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Puff Daddy S 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Rhodian Shores S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Rhodian, Naturally T,TR 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c R
Sands of Iwo Jima S 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Sun Spot T,S 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Thumb Tack T 5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
Tool King T,S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Trick or Treat T,S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Where's Ray? S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Type: Trad, 500 ft, 4 pitches
FA: for good chunks of this - George Bracksieck, LP
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Shared By: Leo Paik on Mar 5, 2014
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Description

This is a micro-adventure route that really isn't recommended for all but those who don't mind funky rock, decisions, and not falling. The line is just what we pieced together for a good ole time.

P1. Climb Sea Breeze, The Minstrel, or Au Natural to the 2 bolt anchor.

P2. Move right onto a bulging section protectable with small cams. There is a wiggling flake here or there on this bit. Pull over without falling, staying over your feet. Move upwards on lower angle terrain with a bulge or two. Be careful not to hook your rope on the dead tree/stump. ~120' up you can get a directional under the small face, and then you can angle down and left to a belay under what looks like buck teeth.

Note, we explored left from the bolted belay but found the features rounded enough to move us rightward. Also, you could "Z" the pitch by traversing over to the tree on the left, but this inverted "L" seemed to portend less drag.

P3. Now this start is probably indicated on p. 99 of Rossiter's excellent 1999 Rock Climbing Boulder Canyon. Avoiding the thin wire crack directly above the belay (which we dubbed the Yanukovych option), we moved slightly left into a better featured crack/groove that felt harder than 5.5. Once on the face, we angled right into a left-facing dihedral. A cruxy move into the dihedral gets your attention. Continue upward on bits of face climbing into a pod on the left and belay.

P4. Here you have some options. The straight-above-the-belay option gets your initial vote but has a precarious-looking block which might teeter out and kill you and/or your belayer if you pulled the wrong way (which we dubbed the Obama option). Traversing rightward, you see the next left-angling dihedral with crusty-looking footwork and crumbly looking edges of the crack (which we dubbed the Putin option). A stopper or two for a directional and additional rightward traversing leads to a more solid-looking bulge solution. Still, you must take care not to fall, given the ledge below the bulge. Clear the bulge, follow a right-leaning line to a ledge on the right, and belay. A #4 Camalot is nice here. There used to be a death-defying, 3-4 foot, guillotine blade here which George most generously cleared.

P5. Now, you move slightly left and aim for the inviting dihedral above. There are still some loose blocks on this pitch. In particular, there is a hanging peninsula of rock in the dihedral (which we dubbed Crimea) which is very difficult to avoid pulling upon. Above, there is a block on the left which seemed okay to stand upon, but avoiding pulling upon it may be best to survive passage. Finish the dihedral and belay.

Walk off down the right side of The Bihedral.

Location

Find this line wandering up to the prow and right of The Bihedral. See the topo photo.

Protection

Double ropes were used but may not be required. A rack with wires, a few medium to large hexes, and cams from small to a #4 Camalot is useful. Long slings, including some 48" slings will keep down the rope drag.
This route lies above the right side of the Riviera. Any rock knocked off could crash down onto climbers and spectators, kids and dogs, who are oblivious to what lies above. Better avoid it on weekends — and warm weekdays. Mar 11, 2014