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Paul leading the bottom part of Center Route.
The Center Route starts just to the right of the tree under the roof, where the pitch of the slab becomes a bit steeper. There are tons of good pockets on this climb, making it pretty uncomplicated. Be smooth and careful when lowering your partner down, as the rock isn't completely vertical in all spots - there are some protrusions that hurt a LOT to smack into if your belayer abruptly stops (unfortunately known from personal experience). This is a fun climb for a warm up or new climbers.
To set up the toprope for this route some very long webbing (~30') is in order. I put some webbing around the base of the tree at the top of the rock, and used quickdraws to hang it over the top of the climb to minimize drag. There is one bolt at the top of the climb, but it's about 6' back so you'll probably want a sling so you can equalize with the webbing.
Paul approaching a fun bulge to head up and over.
|By Paul Rezucha|
Sep 18, 2005
Center Route is a fun route although nothing very difficult. This can be fairly safely led using many slings as tie-offs. Once over the upper small ceiling, I hiked left to the 3 bolts/rappel rings over the large overhang. A fun rap down from there!
|By Brad Allender|
From: Alameda, CA
Sep 18, 2005
Fun route, but if Triple Overhang is 5.9, this seems more like 5.8 than 5.9.