|Dry Creek Spire
P1: (5.9) A short pitch. Climb up and left past a couple bolts to the limestone band. Place a small-ish piece, the up and left to a bolted belay.
P2: (5.10) Up and left to a hand crack. Up the crack to a bulge with a finger crack. Climb this (crux) to a nice crack above, then slightly left to a bolted belay.
P3: (5.9/5.10) Continue up a nice hand crack to a roof. Traverse left under the roof to a bolt, which protects a reachy move (maybe height dependant?) then up & left to a bolted anchor.
P4: (5.10-) Work up and right through a crack, then left to a bolt, then up to a bolted belay.
Starts about the middle, at a couple bolts going up & left to the limestone band. The first belay bolts are visible from just down & left of the start of the route.
A few small cams, doubles through #3 camalot, slings & a couple quickdraws.
Catherine leading pitch 1 of Black Arrow with Mann...
BETA PHOTO: Black Arrow.
|By E Kennedy|
Apr 26, 2014
Beautiful route, but it gets a lot of sun. P2 is definitely the crux and most sustained. The bolt-protected moves on P3 are not a problem if you're short, as there are many reasonable options to pull pass the bulge.