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|Type:||Trad, 500 ft (152 m), 5 pitches|
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|Shared By:||Robert S on Apr 12, 2019|
|Admins:||Hank Caylor, mattm, Matt Richardson, LeeAB Brinckerhoff|
Beginning March 1, new rules will take effect at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area designed to balance the need to better protect sensitive natural habitats atop the rock, including the vernal pools, and still allow visitors to continue to enjoy central Texas’ most popular destination with their pets.
Starting Tuesday, pets will only be allowed in specified camping areas, day-use areas and the Loop Trail. Pets will no longer be allowed to accompany hikers on the Summit Trail that ascends to the top of Enchanted Rock.
Most trails, including the Summit Trail, are closed 30 minutes after sunset, allowing park visitors to view the sunset and safely descend to the parking lot. The Loop Trail is the only trail open after sunset to gain access to the primitive camping areas.
For more info:
P1-- Climb the first pitch of Easier Than It Looks and belay from the anchors below Fatman Flake.
P2-- Traverse along the ledge to Mark of the Beast's P1 anchors and then to the large ledge where the Boston/Kracken anchors are. Belay.
P3-- Rappel/downclimb/lower down and right a short distance to Beer Can Alley. Belay from so-so rock at the start of BCA or from the anchors for P1 of Dome Driver and Hartford.
P4-- Follow BCA up and right. Belay from top anchors of a route just past the popular Cheap Wine Wall routes.
P5-- Follow BCA up and right. Belay off top anchors for a route on the Shield.
P6-- Follow BCA up along increasingly easy ground and end on the massive ledge.
It is possible and sensible to combine our P4 and P5. Because it was a busy day, we just wanted to get ourselves and our rope away from all the traffic as quickly as we could, so we made P4 a very short one.
There are two cruxes, and they are some exposed downclimbing spots on P2. They felt harder than 5.5, but maybe that was a head thing due to exposure, downclimbing, and a possible pendulum fall.
I have a more-detailed account of the route here: summitpost.org/easy-travers…