Avg: 4 from 2 votes
|Type:||Trad, Alpine, 200 ft, 2 pitches|
|FA:||Jason Halladay, Walt Whetham. March 2015.|
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|Shared By:||Jason Halladay on Nov 7, 2017|
|Admins:||Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski|
DescriptionThis moderate yet serious two-pitch route takes the easiest line up the formation staying on a faint ridge, of sorts. The climbing is easy but the rock is very friable and must be treated with respect. There are no opportunities for natural protection on the entire route and the few bolts protecting the route are few and far between. The first pitch is protected by three bolts to a two-bolt anchor.
Pitch 1 (5.6) - Start near the base of the formation’s east ridge on the north side of the formation near a tall tree. Make unprotected moves up to gain the ridge. You may even consider chimneying between the tree and the rock to gain the ridge. Climb delicately up the ridge to the first bolt. On the first ascent I actually slung a couple of branches on the tree for protection before reaching the location/stance for the first bolt.
Continue up the ridge to a small notch and the second bolt. Climb more poor rock to the next notch and the third bolt. Another short bit of heady, steeper climbing leads to the two-bolt belay anchor in the major black streak/groove (the water groove belay.)
This pitch is equally heady for the follower as a fall from anywhere would potentially result in a cheese-grater pendulum across the north face of the ridge.
Pitch 2 (5.6) - Leave the belay up and left following four closely-spaced bolts. After clipping the fourth bolt, relax, breathe and tackle on the unprotected 40-foot runout to the top. This is a wild, exposed and unprotected bit of climbing that’s sure to get your attention. Two-bolt anchor at the top.
The summit of the formation is a cool, unique place with many small bowls/depressions.