Basalt and Battery
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This is a great route usually away from the crowds. It can be a long two pitch climb if you add "Insult and Flatterly, 12c," to it. Note the second pitch has some bolts that are bad and missing. The first pitch is nice and feels committing as you approach the ledge where the anchors are. This climb is located in the fence area to the far right of "Winter Warmer" climb.
Quickdraws to a two bolt anchor above ledge. This is an established route so check bolts. Addendum: thin gear may be useful around the 1st bolt.
|Comments on Basalt and Battery
|By Darin Lang|
Mar 31, 2002
The crux comes before the first bolt, which is a bit high IMO. Stick clip or a #6 stopper could come in handy.
|By Doug Redosh|
Nov 13, 2002
This route was put up by Dave Field and Martin Birch back in 1992 or so. It takes some extra small camming units. I always felt the crux was up higher in the flaring corner.
|By George Bell|
From: Boulder, CO
Jan 7, 2003
Darin's comment on the first move is good advice. The corner above is subtle. There certainly are easier 10s at Table Mountain...
|By Bo Johnston|
Nov 19, 2006
This route was not much harder than 10c. The boulder moves up to the first bolt are serious, but if you get moving and don't look back, you'll be there before you know it. The flared dihedral in the middle is definitely the crux. The book says pro to 2"?? Were bolts added to the route? I don't even see where you'd need 2". Small cams could help in the beginning.
Nov 28, 2009
I'll admit, felt a bit stiff for a 10. A good spot will get you up to the first bolt. The mid section is indeed tricky. Great route, though.
|By Ernie Moskovics|
Apr 11, 2013
FA: Dave Field and Martin Birch, I was only in on the 2nd ascent. "Basalt and Battery" is another classic name from Dave. We got a wire placement before the first bolt, if you bother to bring gear. We may have also used Lowe Balls up higher.