|Type:||Trad, 4 pitches, 350', Grade III|
|Original:||YDS: 5.12a French: 7a+ Ewbanks: 25 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 25 British: E5 6a [details]|
|FA:||Ellsworth, McQuarrie, and Wilson, 1964|
|Submitted By:||John J. Glime on Sep 1, 2003|
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Nov 5, 2004
Great route! Tricams are nice in the pods in the back of that 4th pitch -so are purple green camalots. You don't have to climb .12 to do it as its easy to aid the relatively short crux. Very clean fall too.
edited to reflect Crisco's comment just below about protecting that lower chimney. I've had several friends recently tell me the crux is getting into and out of the chimney and I agree. But once you're in there you aren't going to fall out - there are 5.8 jugs everywhere and you just stand and pull on them all the way. So, if you don't have a ton of big gear, you can protect to the side with your small stuff and get into the thing. I believe there is medium pro near the top - please correct me if I'm wrong because its been a while and I don't want to make stuff up.
Also, if you really do like this pitch I highly reccommend the Textbook Variation on Westwind Butress but you will actually need to bring your big stuff for that one. Worth checking out a new area if you haven't been up there.
By Christian "crisco" Burrell
From: PG, Utah
Nov 27, 2008
|We used a Green C4 for the first chunk of the chimney and then big bro's afterwards|
By kBobby Hanson
From: Spokane, WA
Nov 15, 2009
|Pitch 3: after the bolt, the crack is 5.11 thin hands. So you can do this pitch at 5.11 A0 also.|
By Spencer Weiler
From: Salt Lake city
Apr 26, 2013
Pitch 1- 5.6 hands that can easily be soloed if your solid. Belay on slung trees next to coyne crack or up through more bushes to base of chimney.
Pitch 2- although it isn't your standard chimney like you'd find in the desert, the only reasonable way to climb it is indeed chimney style. Bring your #6 camalot and walk it up the crack with you, using good edges along the way. Squeeze into the chimney when you reach the hero jugs, and climb easy face climbing to bolted anchor. (climbing the crack to the right is pansy style IMO) I did not find it hard to start the chimney. Back on one wall, knees on the other. Up you go. Awkward for sure due to the flare. I kept trying to OW the crack but that sucked.
pitch 3- Batman up the knotted fixed line past the .12 slab section, clip the bolt, then enjoy the beautiful thin hand to finger crack. Fixed nut at crux when we did it, and brand new 2 bolt anchor 15 feet above the difficulties. Felt mid .11, short crux but strenuous.
Pitch 4-got dark, need to go back and do it.