The RGC (Roger Gagne Classic)
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Olga Mirkina following the third pitch traverse of...
The 4 pitch RGC (Roger Gagne Classic) is a superb 5.8+ route, that would be a great way to get to know the middle part of the cliff. It works it's way up and right across the wall, with great climbing and incredible positioning that will keep you focused and entertained while at a moderate grade.
Pitch 1 climbs a short steep corner to gain a shallow right angling scoop that gets you up onto a ledge (gear and 2 bolts). Head right, following the easy but cool arching flake across the slab to the shared anchors. This is the original start. Alternatively, do the first pitch of Owl's Highway 5.8+ to the same anchors.
Pitch 2: Head straight up the crack about 15 feet, then traverse right following a seam for maybe 30-40 feet until you can head up flakes to a bolted anchor below the arching Crack of the World - a great pitch
Pitch 3 Head up the flakes like you are doing Crack of the World, but before the arch, look for a bolt protected traverse heading right. Balancy moves will get you over to the corner. Make sure you use slings well here to lesson rope drag. Continue traversing out the corner and pull around the arete, crossing the last pitch of Owl Be Seeing You which you could join as an alternative finish if the normal route looks wet. After pulling around the arete, continue traversing left, balancing with no hands as you shuffle your feet across a horizontal to a nice ledge. Make sure you protect your second as soon as you reach the ledge. Continue over to the anchor at the base of a pillar.
Pitch 4: -often wet. Layback up the hanging pillar/ flake to a bolted anchor and lower back down. From the 3rd pitch anchor you can get down with 2 rappels on a single rope, making use of the anchors of the route below (currently a project).
From the flat boulder at the base of the corner crack of Owl's Highway step down to the left around the short bolted arete of Smitty's Sport Route and into a large left facing corner that is usually wet and mossy at the bottom. To the left is a series of more shallow, short corners and cracks. The furthest to the left, about 30 feet away is the original start of the RGC. The opening moves are a little gnarly, so most ascents now use the first pitch of Owl's Highway They both go to the same first anchor.
trad, normal NH rack to number 4 Camalot and a sprinkling of bolts, bolted anchors. You can use a bigger cam on the first pitchof Owl's Highway, but you don't really need it. A single 60m rope works fine.
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The view you get from the first belay of The RGC, ...
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John and Jordan - Third pitch of the RGC. John get...
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Jordan seconding the 3rd pitch of the RGC