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Trouble Finds Me
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|Type:||Trad, 260 ft, 3 pitches|
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|Shared By:||sean peters on Jan 28, 2016|
|Admins:||Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick|
PLACING BOLTS IS ILLEGAL IN THE SUPERSTITION WILDERNESS! Details
In the early '90's the USFS banned all placement of bolts in the Superstition Wilderness. This unfortunately includes replacement of existing bolts. Violating this ban may result in climbing restrictions on this beautiful area. Please think twice and go bolt somewhere else.
DescriptionIf you decide to start pitch one directly beneath the roof (this will be obvious)--this will be the crux. Our original line began here and almost ended here after the leader took a 25 foot fall and ripped a few pieces of gear. The rock is mediocre as well as the gear so prepare accordingly.
A safer and more sane alternative is to climb the nice looking crack up to the jojoba bush and either belay here (one bolt) or continue the traverse to the two bolted belay further right. The traverse is tricky and the boulder problem finish to the belay keeps your attention. From the two bolt belay head straight up the crack system and eventually angling left (a short section of face) to another nice bolted belay stance. This pitch is just under 100 feet.
The final pitch is the same as Pokey Dance.
The route was climbed from the ground-up over the course of a few weekends after it was spied from climbing the other routes on this formation. We had many debates on the approach regarding route safety, ethics of putting up a route and finally does any of this stuff even matter....
LocationThe route is several hundred feet north of Rockabilly and Pockey Dance. At the base of the route there is nice "sundeck boulder" to stash gear and rope-up. You will be able to see the bolt that protects the traverse from the boulder.
You can rappel the route with three single rope rappels back to the sundeck boulder.