|(6) First Cave
Start up the crack to the right of the short buttress that creates the choke-point between the huge boulder and the wall. Alternatively, you can start up the bolts to the left on Lower Commissary. Climb through the dihedral onto a grassy ledge - beware of loose rock! Continue up into another obtuse, clean dihedral on dark red stone, then out a thin mini-overhang onto another grassy ledge. Again, beware! Move up into the great 3-4" splitter on white-gold stone for 40 feet and into an alcove with a two-bolt anchor. Belay here, or continue up the wide crack. You can go straight up the crack to the ridge peak, or step right (beware of big loose blocks!) to a ledge and scramble up. Use a single bolt backed up with a nut, and enjoy the view from your phenomenal belay perch. You could even continue from here up Dragon Ridge to the tourist trail...
Descent: There is a two-bolt anchor at the perch. If you rappel from the ridge down the north side, beware of people below. The rap is 33m, but a 60m might get you down. If you rappel from the alcove, it's 40m down to the ground. It can be done with a single 60m by rapping to the anchors of Lower Commissary. Be aware that this is slightly awkward, as there is no stance and only two small bolts to clip into.
On Lower Dragon Ridge, just outside the First Cave; the south-facing wall. It's just left of lines like Calypso and Noodle Line.
Helmets. There is a lot of loose rock on the ledges!
Lead: Gear to 4" (3-4" x2). Or SS GI bolts.
Anchor: (mid) ??? chains?
Belay: (top) 1 SS GI bolt (med. nut helpful)
Rappel: (top) 2 SS GI bolts (33m!)
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