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Trad, 180 ft (55 m),
Avg: 3.7 from 6
FA: John Bain, Jon Sykes (Summer 2008)
> WM: Kinsman Notch
> 2. Lost River C…
> 6. Upper Patina Wall
This climb takes you over some beautiful rock with a unique patina for the NE. The route still needs a little love, but the rock is awesome and the views are great too. It has been one of my favourite discoveries in Jon Sykes' guidebook, "The Notches". Sykes does say the "Runout between protection makes this route a real thinker", but while the runout is there the gear was present where it was needed. Solid, exciting and beautiful face climbing.
Start below a partially detached block/boulder with a tree growing out of climb up the right side of the boulder using the left facing corner. After this you will climb up to a diagonal seam using the face and crack to get towards the first of 4 bolts. Follow the bolts (gear in between) up to a flake, then pull up to the anchors.
The climb is almost 60m long and will require 2 ropes to rappel. There are no good trees, or intermediate anchors to use, so if you only bring 1 rope you will have to be innovative.
Starts below a partially detached block with a tree growing out of the top. Indian Summer goes to the right and The Real McCoy goes to the left.