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Apogee Pending climbs the directissima up Shelf Road's most continuously steep panel of rock. Unfortunately, a no-hands rest at mid-height detracts from the continuity of the line, but the upper half features 25-30 moves of brutal cranks and sustained, pumpy climbing. The route offers a wee bit of techno-piss, wild dynos, leg threads, tweaky pockets, and a sting in the tail on outstanding cream, pink, & black stone. This wall faces north and receives no sun whatsoever.
Stick clip the first bolt and climb a short, technical wall of petrified mud to a good shake near the arete. Big moves lead over the bulge to a pair of big pockets at the second bolt. A pair of thin crimps and a huge, three-points-off huck gain a series of mini-ledges just below the hanging flake. Cruise up the easy flake to a no-hands rest. Enjoy whatever reading material is at hand. The crux begins off the flake, with a long reach to a half-pad two-finger pocket, then a precise deadpoint to the next pocket, and finally a long move to the horizontal break. Get a quick shake then tackle the next crux; a huge move to a 1/4" crimp followed by desperate stabs to get established above the break. Pumpy slopers lead to the last bolt and one final, pumpy shake before the last crux, a big reach to a crescent-shaped crimp just below the anchor.
A certain amount of contrivance is needed to earn the grade: the arete on the left is off, and the vertical crack that propagates from the top of the flake is off (this sounds worse than it is, as the route climbs very naturally without these features).
Apogee Pending climbs the obvious, overhanging north wall of the big dihedral.
6 bolts to 2 BA. A stick clip is recommended.
Setting up for the crux stab.
Sticking the big huck move, low on the route.
Setting up for the big move that caps first crux.
The poor shake at the horizontal break.
Beginning the second crux.
Logan tires of father's antics.
|Comments on Apogee Pending
|By Mike Anderson|
From: Dayton, OH
Mar 15, 2011
Awesome job, Mark! I can't wait to check out this route!
|By Darryl Roth|
Mar 15, 2011
It does my heart good to see you hit the hardest route at Shelf thus far. Great Job! It's a true contribution and one that will lead to something harder still.
Logan has good reason to be proud!
|By Fred Gomez|
From: Charleston, WV
Mar 17, 2011
Why do you call it Apogee Pending? Is there an extension in the works or something? Looks like really nice rock. Way to go.
|By Austin Baird|
From: SLC, Utah
Sep 27, 2011
I wish you hadn't given all the beta. You totally ruined my onsight.
|By Ben Sachs|
Jan 13, 2012
Did you red-tag this rig by spray painting a huge hold near the route with red paint? Just kidding, but seriously WTF is that red brick in the photos?
Jan 13, 2012
It looks like a beanie resting on a small ledge(?).
From: Morrison, CO
Jan 14, 2012
Beanie is correct.
|By Colby Wayment|
From: Ogden, UT
Feb 19, 2012
Nice work, Mark! Great photos, too. It looks like that block you have to throw for is about to pull off....