A multi-cruxed test piece at the grade with a little bit of everything.
P1 - Climb out of the cave into the chimney and left facing corner. Follow the steepening crack as it narrows down the further left you go. Pull up through the overhanging face into another vertical left facing corner (crux). Continue up corner until easier ground allows a traverse left to anchors below a black wall with a hanging cedar tree on the left hand side.
p2 - Climb straight up through bolts to a horizontal (gear). Pull up onto a small left rising ramp feature - balance. Make a series three desperate moves on tiny crimps and slopers with mostly bad feet clipping bolts as you go. End on easier ground at a big ledge with a bolted anchor. A desperate and demanding pitch.
p3 - The money pitch IMO. Begin up a flaring crack. Make tricky moves up sticky rock to a flake with finger crack underclings (small gear). Work right to good feet and easier climbing up a flake with more optional gear before the next bolt. Now climb through a sea of beautiful dimpled rock trending left. Surmount a steep sustained section (crux) until the angle eases. Continue up the slab with well spaced bolts aiming for a weakness in the headwall. Clip the final bolt and make one more tricky move to bolt anchors.
If all climbers sent discuss the numerous times you were sure you were going to fall and somehow the magical rock at Potter Mt. kept you going.
About 50' left of Groovatational Pull is an unmistakeable pile of giant boulders that form a cave. Brazilian begins here and climbs into a big left facing corner with a chimney crack that arcs to the left eventually becoming finger sized.
P1 - we used a BD #4. A #5 would be better.
P2 - draws and BD#2/3
P3 - draws and small cams. we had red and yellow c3s and a blue metolius. a couple other pieces here and there
By Jim Lawyer
5 days ago
There's no anchor at the end of P1. I just clip the first bolt of P2 and use that, plus maybe a piece of gear in the giant block you sit on.
To descend from the top anchor, a 70m rope makes it to the P2 anchor. From here a 60m rope is all that is necessary to return to the ground.
By Jim Lawyer
4 days ago
One more thing -- you can link P1 and P2 together, but this makes for rope drag on the very delicate and balancy section of P2. Best to break the pitches, in my opinion.