Type: Sport, 120 ft
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Shared By: SCherry on Jan 10, 2017
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Prime Rib is an excellent pitch of sustained and clean climbing up an exposed arete thats sandwiched in between the routes "Prime Rib" and "Direct Route".

The Prime Rib pitch is reached by climbing the first 2 pitches of "Direct Route" (11a, 11a and each 100ft with 8-10 bolts) up to the "Pedestal Belay" at the base of a large right facing corner (this corner is the 3rd, 10a pitch, of Direct Route). Its possible to link these pitches with good rope management.

From the Pedestal Belay step down and left out to the arete and clip the first bolt. Continue up the arete (using both sides) to a small bulge with an obvious crack undercling arching in from the left. Surmount the bulge and the delicate face climbing crux above it, and continue up for another 60 feet along the arete, to a belay on a nice ledge.

From here you can continue up the last 2 pitches of Prime Time (11b) if you have a small rack of cams, or move right into the top of the 10a corner pitch of "Direct Route" and finish with that route's 11d crux last pitch.


Begins with the first pitch of "Direct Route" about 100 yards below Lunch Rock.


16 quickdraws (the Prime Rib pitch is long!)


Greg Parker
Cardiff, CA
Greg Parker   Cardiff, CA  
Prime Rib is a phenomenal pitch of sustained, technical climbing (it's stout!). The position, exposure, and sequences are 4-star. However, I felt like several of the bolts were placed unnecessarily high, making it difficult to clip from comfortable stances. I'm 5'11" and I had to either stretch or climb into awkward positions to clip. That being said, I still really enjoyed it. Feb 22, 2018