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Leap of Faith, The T 5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c R
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Type: Trad
FA: Roy Suggett & Steve "Crusher"Bartlett
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Shared By: Roy Suggett on May 8, 2015
Admins: Andrew Gram, Nathan Fisher, Perin Blanchard, grk10vq

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Description

Climb "The Bride's Tower" then, using the utmost of caution, and being belayed...leap across!

Location

The gap between the Bride's and Groom's Towers

Protection

Gonads and a lose and long belay. Then leap back to rap off the Bride.

Photos

The "lover's leap!" Not the best landing, on serrated coral limestone blocks.

It's also possible to stem across. Returning this way it becomes apparent that where you left the Bride's Tower is a ridiculously thin diving-board plate of brittle limestone, outrageously undercut. If it broke you'd plummet and there would undoubtedly be a razor-sharp edge for the rope to run over. Highly recommended.... May 11, 2015
Roy Suggett
  5.4
Roy Suggett  
  5.4
My friend Crusher and I saw what looked like, smelled, tasted, and felt (unfortunately) in every available body orifice, a limestone material making up the cap rock. Though it may seem to be composed of Limestone...it, in fact, is not. I believe the bottom of the towers are an unusually well cemented example of the Entrada Formation (160 million years old). The cap rock is a very dense and weathered example of the Dakota Formation (a sandstone and 98 million years old). Yes, there are a few years missing here. The contact between these two formations is a unconformity. A couple of formations should lie between these two but were most likely washed away. Evidence of this can be found a few miles NW of here at the bouldering area known as "Cap Rock City". There you can find a turtle fossil mountainproject.com/v/10803… in bedded into the cap rock. May 15, 2015

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