Avg: 3.9 from 9 votes
|Type:||Sport, 600 ft (182 m), 8 pitches, Grade III|
|FA:||Chris Perry and Ian Perry, Sept 2009|
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|Shared By:||Tom Gnyra on Aug 30, 2015|
|Admins:||Dave Rone, Tom Gnyra|
This steep, multi-pitch sport route climbs the big wall on the right-hand side of the huge bowl at the top of the upper canyon across from The Coliseum. The wall sees very little sun (except for late afternoon/evening) so it is best to wait for a warm day. The wall has two major ledge systems on its right side, which angle down to below The Notch. The ledge systems are wide and covered with trees, and allow easy access from the climb (which passes the left end of the lower ledge and finishes at the upper ledge). The large wall is called Elevator Wall and climbing only to the lower ledge system is Short Storey, to the upper ledge system is Tall Storey. The climb could be continued for two or three more pitches to the very top of the cliff, but not at the same standard or quality. However, since recent rock fall has made descent via the upper ledge more difficult, these pitches may be added to access the Grotto Mountain hiking trail on the ridge above. Allow 3.5-5 hours to climb the route, in addition to the approach and descent.
(check out Sonnie Trotter climb this thing!)
2) 30m, 5.11c. Move right and make a bold move (11b) over a small roof onto the slabby wall above. Continue up to the base of a steep corner and move up with difficulty (11c) onto its right wall. Follow the wall and corner above on excellent, steep rock to exit at the top (11b). Traverse straight left to a station in a short corner. This sustained pitch is one of the best on the route!
3) 25m, 5.10d. Climb the small corner and continue up the bulging wall above to an obvious shattered ledge system leading left. Steep easy moves along the ledge system lead to an airy station in an alcove at the base of a shallow groove.
4) 20m, 5.11b. Follow the groove past the left side of a small roof (11b) and continue on good holds trending left higher up to a station below an overhanging corner. A technical pitch on immaculate rock.
5) 20m, 5.10d. Climb steep rock on good holds over the bulge and into a small corner below a roof. Move right easily around the roof and go up into a short V-corner. Climb the corner to easy ground and a big ledge system with a (chained) tree on the right. Either exit here along the ledge (Short Storey) or continue up left to a station at the base of Pitch 5.
6) 30m, 5.10c. Make an awkward move up left on to a small rib and traverse left to a short wall. Climb the wall to a shattered ledge on the left below a small roof. Crank through the roof (10c) into a steep corner/ramp which angles up to the right. Follow the corner/ramp on excellent holds until a large V-shaped bay (capped by a roof) is reached. Either split the pitch at the good station below the roof or continue up the next short pitch (3 more draws required, 16 total).
7) 5m, 5.10c. Move left onto the rib and climb up past a small overhang to a 2-bolt station below another roof with an obvious exit groove on the right.
8) 25m, 5.11a. Delicate moves up the groove (11a) and past a large chert nodule lead to better holds and then an overhanging wave of rock below the upper ledge system. Climb the wave moving right near the top with steep, exposed (11a) moves to finish (hidden bolt on ledge). The last few meters of this pitch can seep after heavy rain or spring run-off, which may add to the excitement. Note it is possible to combine pitch 7 and 8 together, but the leader cannot be seen by the belayer for most of the climbing
(All credit goes to Chris and Ian Perry for this topo)