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House of Pain
Avg: 4 from 1 vote
|Type:||Boulder, 20 ft|
|FA:||Damon Corso / Michael Reardon|
|Page Views:||309 total, 10/month|
|Shared By:||AJ on Apr 13, 2015|
|Admins:||Colin Parker, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes|
Remember to fill out a wilderness permit, even if climbing for the day! Details
Permits can be acquired at the ranger station on the way to the boulders from the upper Tramway station.
DescriptionThis is a Tram classic and I'm surprised it's not on here. There aren't many 4 star routes in the guidebook and this is definitely one of them.
The line is unmistakable. Follow the right-arching thin crack up, up and over. Perfect rock, although a little gritty... there was no chalk on it when I visited it late last year and, from talking to people, I get the sense it doesn't get climbed often? If so, that's a shame, it's a sweet line and not far from other gems. Finger crack technique may make it a little easier than its given grade, but regardless, it's a long way down if you blow the topout.
The main reason I wanted to post this is the cool story Robert Miramontes told me about its FA. Apparently Michael Reardon discovered this problem and was psyched to climb it. He put in a session or two but did not send, and then went to Ireland on the trip he never returned from (RIP). His pal Damon Corso came back the next season with a burning psych and climbed the problem, dedicating it to Reardon as a joint FA. I don't know either of these guys but thought it was a touching story, and certainly a great little climb.
LocationApproach from the Boardwalk or, probably easier if you're already there, from the Emerald City. It's not hard to find and detailed directions would only confuse the matter. 20' tall crack facing roughly north.
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