Avg: 2 from 1 vote
|Type:||Trad, 180 ft (55 m), 2 pitches|
|FA:||Milt Strickler, August 22, 1978|
|Page Views:||82 total · 22/month|
|Shared By:||Milt Strickler on Jun 8, 2023|
|Admins:||Justin Johnsen, SCPC, SWPACC, EPAC|
Between the Cave and the start of Chickies Direct there is a large overhang about 30 feet off the ground. Start about 15 feet left of the right end of this long roof, where a down-facing dihedral runs from the wall out to the lip of the overhang. Climb easily up and left to the beginning of the dihedral. The crux is moving left to the lip and turning it.
This route appeared as 5.9 in at least one previous guide, but I beg to differ. Like many overhang routes at Chickies, the crux is very height dependent---- both in doing the moves and in placing crucial protection. The crux involves stemming, face climbing and eventually a finger lock/layback move around the lip. The key protection is a medium size stopper in the beginning of the vertical crack where that finger lock is. This is a blind placement, but it can be tested after it is placed. Michael Jordan or Kareem Abdul Jabbar might think this is 5.7, but I graded this as an onsight lead for someone of about my height (5' 11"). If you're really tall this would probably seem easier. If you're really short, not only would the moves seem harder but also the placing of the key protection at the lip would be pretty dicey.
The crux moves are a cool challenge, but unfortunately this route has little else to recommend it. That's because it suffers from the same defect as most Chickies overhang routes: a tricky technical overhang is preceded by easy face climbing and followed by more of the same. The line of least resistance above the roof is at most 5.5. If you climb a lot at Chickies, this is probably worth doing once, but it's not a destination climb.
I originally called this route Finger Swinger, 5.10-, but it became known as Milt's Roof.