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What a route! From the inviting handcrack, to the rising traverse crux, to the spectacular finger crack above the imposing roof--Christine packs ALL of this into one long, and demanding pitch of climbing.
The route climbs the right-angling hand/fingercrack on the left side of the triangle face at the height of the climbers trail (Note: the climber can also start the route by climbing the easier handcrack that starts on the right side of the obvious triangle face), then breaks hard to the right at a pair of parallel cracks that angle up right to a steep roof. The traverse is the crux of the route, and it protects well, it just requires some patience.
After the crux, gain a rest in the corner before the roof. Pull the roof, then climb into the clean, lower-angled finger crack to the slung tree.
At the height of the climbers trail (center of the cliff) is a hand crack. This is the start of both Christine and the route Hob Goblin.
A nice size rack up to #3 Camalot size, paying particular attention to tote along some extra green Camalots.
|By Greg Kuchyt|
Apr 8, 2012
rating: 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ E2 5b
I left cord and rap rings at the first cedar tree at the top of the final crack. I didn't really see why this climb should not have its own rap anchor, given that most of the other quality lines have their own.