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Wally Barker on Pressure Drop (11a). Taken in 198...
A beautiful finger/off fingers crack followed by a less beautiful, but still fun crack system. Start on the ledge below the obvious splitter. Reach up and place a piece to protect yourself and your belayer before starting. The crux comes in the middle part of the finger crack between the small pods and it protects very well.
The second half of the route isn't quite as classic as the first half, but is still good climbing and will only improve as it cleans up with more traffic.
After gaining the ledge at the top, move slightly left and make a few more moves to the tree anchor.
To find this route, hike the Upper Wall trail and follow the directions for the Zipper/Cheeks by turning right about 30 feet from the base of the Upper Wall and crossing the creek/boulders, picking up the trail on the other side. In a very short distance, this trail descends steeply and you will notice a small cliff (Coffee Achievers Cliff) ahead on the left side of the trail. Before getting to that cliff, look for a tree with 3 distinct trunks on the right side of the trail (there may or may not be a cairn there) and head downhill and right from that tree to the base of the route.
The finger crack on the first half of the route eats up fingers to off fingers sized cams. You can also place hand sized pieces in the pods. The second half of the route will take a variety of different gear, generally up to 3".
Brad sending Pressure Drop.
By Christian Horton
Aug 19, 2014
There is bolted anchor on Pressure Drop that has been there for a few years. There is a fixed line off a tree which you can rap down to a small ledge to set up a TR.
We cleaned out the upper section and the crack. It is currently climbable but still needs some follow up cleaning. This is a great crack and so close to DH, climbers should add this to their upper wall day.
By wayne wallace
Aug 27, 2015
Love this route. Flared rattly fingers. Tough to hang on at times but keep working the right toes in the crack. Was quite happy to on-sight, but fell off twice trying to tr it later!!