Type: Trad, 45 ft
FA: Alex Bury, Maxwell Miller (GU 2015)
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Shared By: Alex Bury on Jan 19, 2015
Admins: andy patterson, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Access Issue: Park near the top of Signal Street. Details


Make your own belay at the base of the prominent aréte.
Steep moves off the belay lead to more aréte liebacking and a classic top out.

Top Roping:
A top rope can easily be rigged by following the trail through the meadow and up the third class gully. Follow the path a short ways; a trail branching off right will lead to the two bolt anchor.


The obvious aréte, high above the meadow.
For the lead, approach via the bouldering area. Follow a faint trail up a ramp to reach the start.


Single cams: #(.4-2)
Midsize cams for the belay at the base. There are two bolts for the belay on top.


Alex Bury
Ojai, CA
Alex Bury   Ojai, CA
Dev. Notes:
'The Frond' was done onsight, ground-up. Natural features allowed the route to go bolt-free.
It would've been easy to rap down the route, clean it, and then lead it. But with the route's striking aspect and the adventurous tradition of the area, a ground-up attempt was in order. Plus it's a short route, and I wanted to get the most out of it.
Opportunities for gear at the start were encouraging but prospects above were unknown. I had my drill on a tagline in case there wasn't gear up high. Things were very grainy, making for a wild lead. After pushing through the crux moves, I was excited to find gear higher up.
The route's in great shape now and features some quality stone.
Jan 19, 2015