2013 Raptor Closures Serpent Point and the adjacent walls within one-half mile are closed to public use from March 15 through July 15. This includes the landscape portions above the walls extending 50 feet from the rim edge. This pertains to the following areas:
North Rim areas - The Alpine Aretes, Porcelain Arete, and Painted Wall. These climbing routes are closed: Alpine Route, Porcelain Arete, On the Border, Broken Porcelain, Northern Arete, Beyer Route, The Dragon, The Serpent, Forrest-Walker, Stratosfear, Journey Through Mirkwood, and Southern Arete.
South Rim areas - Dragon Point and Dragon Point Buttress. These climbing routes are closed: Pilgrimage, Crumb Blunder, Magic Dragon, Black Adder, Black Snake, Black Heathen, Black Dragon Rider, and Silent Rage.
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A good route with a bit of scabby rock. A well protected 5.12 face climbing crux gives way to good technical corners. Nice position and exposure.
P1: Start up a rotten crack that leads to a square cut roof. Traverse left before the roof to join a cleaner crack with difficult small cam pro. Continue up and left to yet another corner and finally pegmatite ledges perched on the left edge of Aments Chimney. 5.11
P2: Daintily climb up blocks to place a high big cam. Then climb down and left, then up to a crack and a bolt. Climb to another bolt. Then step down and left on difficult face-climbing to clip a pin. 5.12-. Nebulous pro takes you up the arete to a stance below a shallow corner with a pin. Resist the temptation to lock up the red camalot sized part of the crack when you set up the belay. It will be an important footer for the first moves of P3.
P3: Make a difficult move off the belay. 5.11+. Climb the corner past several fixed nuts and a pin. A 5.11 stemming problem guards the stance for the belay.
P4: The slightly scabby corner continues for a rope-length to a good ledge down and left of an obvious OW corner. 5.11.
P5: Climb up to and layback and stem the wide corner (4.5 Camalot). 5.10+. Continue up and left on broken ground above. Belay on a large ledge below and right of the wide corner (Katchina Wings finish).
P6: Head up a wide open corner to a chockstone. Step left into an angling hand and finger crack. Belay on a large ledge. 5.10.
P7: Step left and head up 5.7 corners to easier ground and the huge tree ledge just below the top.
Walk left to find the 3rd class exit to the top.
Starts just left of Aments Chimney and right of Kachina Wings after 4th class terrain gains the grassy ledges near these routes and Journey Home. Look for the corners and square roof on pitch one.
Nuts, "RPs", double set of cams to #2 Camalot. One each old #3, #4, and #4.5 Camalots.
The crux was one of those black, "improbable cruxes" that really was weird and all the holds faced the wrong way. The 3rd pitch has seam crux moves over a ledge! Seam=no crack. We decided better to bail and do "Maiden", forgot how classic that is!