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Pitch 2 of Hops'n'Barley
The route starts in a crack at the upper end of a large left-facing dihedral 50 feet right of the toe of the buttress.
Pitch 1 (5.5) 170 ft. cams 1 ea 1-3". Two bolt anchor with rappel rings.
Pitch 2 (5.6 PG) 180 feet. Climb past 5 bolts to a two bolt anchor with rappel rings. This pitch is high quality 5.6 friction climbing. It may feel a little bit run out between the bolts to a 5.6 leader new to Tuolumne slab climbing. This pitch was originally rated at 5.7 but several climbers who repeated the route found an easier line between the bolts that is no harder than 5.6.
GPS N37.86251 W119.40011.
Cams on pitch 1, bolts on pitch 2. All bolts including the belay anchors are 3/8" stainless steel.
Placing a bolt on the lead.
BETA PHOTO: Looking up the slab on Pitch 2 from the Pitch 1 be...
BETA PHOTO: Looking up the slab on Pitch 2 from the belay anch...
BETA PHOTO: Looking down from the belay anchor on pitch 1.
By Ben Townsend
Jul 27, 2016
A beautiful climb, probably on the easier end of 5.7. The second pitch is safely bolted, but definitely thoughtful. It's possible to get a couple of small but solid pieces both before the first bolt and up higher.