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Chipped Tooth Crack T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13
Martin's Fall T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13
Trick Photography (Alt 1) T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
corkscrew T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
Type: Trad, 180 ft, 2 pitches
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Larry S on Jun 2, 2014
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Description

P1. Start up some easy terrain, passing a bulge/small roof on the right and heading up to a second, larger roof, with two knifeblade pitons (Optional belay). Pass the roof on the left, Then make your way right to the corner at the top of a short slab under another large roof (slightly difficult route finding & gear). Semi-hanging belay here on medium-small gear.

P2. Move up the steep corner on good holds and good gear. Once esablished under the next (largest) roof, traverse left around the point (Note 1) and belay at the Corkscrew Cedar.

Note 1 - The point is very sharp at hand-level, where it meets the crack your hands and gear are in, be sure to run your rope UNDER the point as you round the corner, not over it or thru the crack.

Descend via double rope rap from the cedar. Very airy rappel.

Location

about 40 feet uphill of corkscrew there is a faint trail that splits off to the left into an easy 3rd class gully. The climb starts at the end of the 3rd class, below a massive roof at the top of the cliff and a left facing dihedral.

Protection

Pro to #2 Camalot. 2 fixed pins at mid-wall, Rap anchor (slings) on the Corkscrew Cedar. I had to work for gear and felt it was rather spaced.

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Larry S
Easton, Pennsylvania
 
Larry S   Easton, Pennsylvania
 
This route would probably be a challenge for a 5.6 climber, the route finding and gear between the P1 roof (at the pins) and the corner belay was difficult. I ended up stepping down a few moves to get my hands in the large crack, traversing under the slab to gain a block close to the corner, then went up the middle of the slab.

The P1 roof was IMO, the technical crux, and the corner above the belay would be a messy area to fall, though was pretty straight-forward jugs and stemming. Jun 2, 2014