Harrison Direct Variation
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Dirt road winter closures Details
Eldorado National Forest closes dirt roads during wet conditions between November and May. The main office number 530-622-5061 might help you get current conditions, which aren't always updated on the website. fs.usda.gov/detail/eldorado… When the road is closed, simply park on a pullout of Wrights Lake Road and walk the extra mile.
DescriptionHarrison Indirect? Just plain Harrison? Dunno, the guidebook didn't hold my hand on that one.
All I know is that ascending the plumb line of the rappel off the lower terrace of the Upper Spire, the "variation" avoids the upper portion of Aidan Maguire's "Harrison Direct" which follows some stout looking 5.11b bolted face that departs rightward from this route at about the halfway mark. Instead of crimps and sporting glory, continue to trend up the natural weakness of the crack for blocky and fun 5.8 climbing. The 5.10a crux is encountered down low in either of two obvious right facing variations.
This climb has more than a few creaky flakes and protection isn't always where you want it, but it's an enjoyable route and puts you in the shade of both a large Jeffrey Pine as well as the North Facing aspect of Upper Spire when it's roasting on the South face. It may be a lead more for the confident 5.10a leader given the factors of choss (hey, it would be a 4* classic in J Tree!) and pg13 protection, but it is otherwise cruiser for the grade.
Edit: Apparently, Aidan has made changes to the direct variation which I’ll quote here, though there is still no name provided for the naturally protected line that I have described. Per Aidan: This account is inaccurate and out dated . I changed the route and added an original finish. In doing so I removed the last couple of bolts to Harrison direct that I had placed and put it's own anchor up. Harrison Direct still exists as a TR from the common rap anchor but the new route I shall post up here. It is called Beast of No Nation. Cheers, Aidan”
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