By Allen Hill From: FIve Points, Colorado and Pine May 7, 2007
A great example of camera angles and or trickery. If one looks at the picture of me back in the eighties on this pitch you'll notice I'm slab climbing. Well I was slab climbing and the pitch is at best 5.9 and that's coming out of the off sized crack. The water channel to Tony's left offers a good 5.11 variation to the pitch though. It has a couple of good quarter inch rawls.
Thanks Allen- here I am going through all my old unlabeled slides and I thought this was the 5.10 pitch above the crux. Now I have more beta on the picture. That aside, I note in your pic that you are up and right of the bolt that I am down and left of. I'm not sure if the wall maintains the same angle that whole way or not... it definitely changes on aretes and in grooves. I thought that this one: www.mountainproject.com/v/colorado/south_platte/big_rock_can>>> might have been the 5.9 pitch. But I can't recall who lead which one. I know Josh lead the 5.10 pitch above the crux, and I was glad of that, because it was misty and slick. Or at least I was glad of it until my turn came for the next pitch, in a downpour! I blame my lack of particular memories of that climb on being scared poopless on the top in the storm.
Moreso determining the probability of any misperception than the camera angle or any 'trickery' (this photo is not tilted or altered) is probably the fact that I am such a shitty slab climber and lean in too far! Regardless, it is a fun climb. Cheers!