|Echo Cove - North Side
Trough to the left of The Sound of One Shoe Tapping and W.A.C. Easier than Helix (and easier to protect, if you want), this is probably the best bet for climbers who want to hang a toprope on those two 5.8s.
Some scrambling up large flakes and ledges get you into the wide chute for which (I assume) the climb is named. Solid toe jams and stemming will get you up to just below the chain anchors, and a short step across gets you to the top.
Even at 5.2, this is a pretty fun way to spend 5 or 10 minutes.
Thin to medium pieces will protect the crack at the back of the trough on the upper half of the climb. Two bolt anchor with rap chains.
BETA PHOTO: "Chute Up"
Photo by Blitzo.
|By Rodger Raubach|
Sep 8, 2010
Climbed this to set a toprope on W.A.C. Would be a great first lead for a beginner. Otherwise forgettable. As an edit:I upped my star rating to two stars, since it would be a nice and safe lead for a new leader.
|By Ben Crowell|
May 25, 2014
rating: 5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c
We climbed this intending to rap off of the chains on W.A.C., which from photos appears to be an easy walk from the top of this climb. When we got there, we saw that the photos give the wrong impression, and it was not going to be trivial to get up to those chains; we didn't see any way to protect it, and weren't comfortable doing it without protection. There does not appear to be any possible walk-off to climber's left, nor is there any way to reach the walk-off on climber's right without climbing up to the chains for W.A.C. With hindsight, maybe what we needed to do was find the chains for Fun Stuff, but we left gear and rapped off. A 60 m rope got us to a reasonably secure ledge about 6' off the ground, but we had to carefully even out the ends of the rope. This climb is in sun all day, so not something you want to do on a warm afternoon.