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Routes in Lizardhead Cove
|Chuckwalla T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13|
|Underbelly T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c|
|Type:||Trad, 230 ft, 3 pitches|
|FA:||Derek Field, Alan Ponce, James Moxley (Jan 2017)|
|Page Views:||273 total, 28/month|
|Shared By:||Derek Field on Feb 21, 2017|
|Admins:||Greg Opland, Luke Bertelsen, JJ Schlick|
DescriptionChuckwalla and Underbelly are a pair of cracks located on the sunny wall known as Lizardhead Cove.
Underbelly is the right crack of the two. It's the obvious left-arcing flake that overlaps the center of the wall. The first ascent was completed during a torrential thunderstorm, during which the underside of the flake stayed remarkably dry.
Pitch 1: Shared with Chuckwalla. Start at the notch between the detached pillar (Samurai Warrior) and the main wall. Quest out on a horizontal traverse, riding the Fort Apache limestone band out into thin air. The first half is fairly easy and protects well with small cams in a continuous horizontal groove. About halfway across, mount a small detached flake and follow two bolts across a more technical section. This pitch ends at a two-bolt chain anchor on the far edge of the wall. (5.8, 80 feet)
Pitch 2: Slab up and right off the belay to the base of the incipient crack system. Place a couple nuts/TCUs and pull the one-move-wonder crux. Cruise the left-arching crack with a luxurious rippled slab for your feet. Near the top, step right into a low-angle fingertips dihedral. Finish at a two-bolt chain anchor on deluxe vista ledge. (5.8, 80 feet)
Since this route shares its anchors with Chuckwalla, you have the option of continuing up the third pitch of that route (5.9+ PG-13) to get to the top of Lizardhead.