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|Type:||Trad, 500 ft (152 m), 5 pitches, Grade II|
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|Shared By:||Robert Hall on Jul 27, 2016|
|Admins:||Jay Knower, M Sprague, Lee Hansche, Jeffrey LeCours, Jonathan S, Robert Hall|
This is climb # 11 in the guide.
START - At a dirty-ish left-facing corner about 20 ft right of the "upside-down-bottomless" buttress of "Skate-y Cat" (photo & photo of sketch). There is a large, somewhat-lose, white flake left of the corner and about 15-20 ft up. (lead photo)
P1 - Climb up the less-dirty-than-it-seems corner, then step left onto the flake. ( 2022 NOTE- this is the flake RW is standing on in the 2016 photo. It seemed very hollow today when we did the climb.) Now we climbed up left of the bolt to another bolt above the ledge. Straight up and over seemed 5.8, but moving right to a second bolt (on "Old Days") and up seemed about 5.5. 110-115 ft Rap with a 70m rope)
P2 - Climb up and left (unprotected, but not difficult) to a bolt; now up to a 2nd bolt. Here we went up slightly left of the bolt to the blueberry-covered ledge (5.7). If you climb onto the far right side of the blueberry ledge you can get good gear (med. cam) at the base of the overlap. From the middle of the ledge, climb up on good rock to the belay. 70-80 ft 5.7
P3 , 4 and 5 are described in the guide and are listed at 5.8, 5.6, and 5.6 They go up and right, crossing the bottom of a "black slab", and into the trees and then up 2 pitches that are out of sight from the P2 anchors.
The "black" slab has two bolts on it. We assume the climb moves horizontally right into the tree above the 2nd bolt ( perhaps after placing a cam 20 ft above). Climbing the black slab is 5.7 friction of the "don't stop" type. After the 2nd bolt the climb eases and gear pro is possible.
Skate-y Cat and the Green Mile meet at the P2 anchor. We got sort of "lost" and did the 3rd (and final) pitch of Skate-y Cat, which is the line (5.8) of 4-5 bolts up and slightly left of the P2 anchor. We found going up just a bit left of the 1st bolt to be a bit easier than straight over the bolt. 110 ft 5.8 Rap this pitch with a 70m rope