Comments: This isn't a four star route because of the rock or because of the climbing (although some of the movement is quite a bit of fun). It's a classic route because of history, intimidation factor, and exposure; completing it is a worthy accomplishment for Rock Canyon aficionados.
The Ruckman guide's description casts a foreboding pall:
"[T]he rock is rotten, the gear dubious, and the lines are hard to discern. Climbers should only attempt a route on this wall if it is w... more >>
Comments: Annoying indeed. However, the perpetrators almost certainly weren't "climbers" ("climbers" use a drill).
Tank Canyon is used more often by groups other than climbers, as evidenced by the paintball marks, spilled Airsoft pellets, etc. A couple of weeks ago, I encountered a guy setting up a makeshift pulley system up the steep, loose stuff across from Membrane. He said he was hauling up folding c... more >>
Comments: This is a tricky, slippery line. There were three of us, all solid 5.11 climbers and this was the last route of the day as it was getting dark.
I started up and got to the crux and found that my right foot didn't want to stick where I wanted it to go. I fooled with it for a bit until I finally put a bit too much weight on it and it skidded, as did the rest of me.
After I figured it out and finished, the second of us (who had belayed and watched me struggle) started up. He got to the same spot ... more >>
Comments: As of 30 May 2009 (and for four or five years prior) the summit register notebook is full (it was placed in 1984). We left a couple of pages (the back of a topo), but if you're heading up there bring a new notebook to place alongside the original.
Comments: Darren, I see you downrated this a letter grade.
Thunderstruck (which you once told me was a stiff .11b) and The Force are quite similar in style (crimpy and balancy); I onsighted both and, for what it's worth, I thought The Force was harder than Thunderstruck.
(Of course, the fact I onsighted them probably means they are both really only about .10b :-)
Comments: Sure: I created two layers, each containing the photo. I lowered the contrast on the top layer, and then erased the area of the crags. Finally, I added the text labels (which aren't links—I assume you're referring to the caption).
The links in the caption are formed by using the standard mp.com link format: [[item number]] (e.g., [], which is displayed as Hard Rock).
Comments: I added the alternate finish. An additional bolt at the top of the face, then two bolts over the steepest part. Airy, scary, and fun. The rating is still under consideration (the two opinions so far...mid 10 to low 11).