Type: Trad, 150 ft, 2 pitches
FA: unknown
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Shared By: Wesley Neill on Jun 20, 2019
Admins: M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Description

An alternate and more difficult approach to "Between the Thighs". Can be aborted after the first pitch to join "West Face Direct" on its second pitch (5.6 Off-Width and traverse).

Pitch 1 (5.9+)Starts off of the same belay anchors as "West Face Direct", at the far climbers right of Zocalo Ledge. Instead of West Face Direct, take the diagonal finger crack up and right until you top out on a ledge. The crux is very balancy. My partner called it "awkward", and I guess she is right, but I still thought it was fun. Bolted anchors await you.

Pitch 2: Move the belay approximately 30 feet to climbers right along the ledge and find the second flake system (not the thin flake you see first). Climb this until it peters out to unprotected knob climbing which takes you to the next ledge up. Although the climbing looks easy, we rejoined WFD, so I can't speak to the grade on the second pitch.

Aproach

Go up the stairs from the parking lot until you get to your first open view to the right. Hop the small rock railing and locate the bolt anchors skiers left. First rap is single rope with a 70. Head down skiers left and around the corner to the ledge you can see with bushes. Walk to the far end of this ledge and locate the next anchors, this time on the floor of the ledge. Two raps straight down from here takes you to Zocalo ledge. The first wrap requires double ropes, the second does not. Traverse again to the far climbers right side of this ledge. You will see bolted anchors for the belay at the start of the finger crack.

Same anchors as for the start of "West Face Direct"

Protection

Doubles of finger sizes to stitch it up. BD #1 and #2 were helpful as well.

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