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Jason Hundhausen tackles the crux on "Chicken Scra...
Easy blocky climbing leads to the high first bolt. The climbing continues to be steep but very positive before starting up the arete where a crux move is encountered between bolts 4 and 5. After that more nice arete moves await to the finish. Some complain the blocky, suspect rock at the bottom detracts but I don't think so.
This is the first bolted line right of The Egg. It has a high first bolt.
8 bolts to springed cold shuts.
|Comments on Chicken Scratch
|By Anthony Stout|
From: Albuquerque, NM
Apr 6, 2008
I am in agreement that the blocky, trashy looking rock at the bottom of the route detracts from the quality of the route. Felt OK after clipping the first bolt though I knocked off a small block prior to getting there. I was treading lightly so it was of no consequence but the thought was in the back of my mind (being someone who has has more than one fall resulting from broken rock). The top was good, with fun movement up the arete. Just be aware, especially in the springtime!
An optional cam can be placed down low if you are concerned about the high first bolt (my partner had one and used it). Certainly not necessary if you are comfortable at the grade, the climbing is not difficult getting to the initial bolt (just appears loose!).