Curving Vine is a quality route. It's not as popular as other Diamond routes and may be a good choice on those busy days. I.e. Fri., Sat., and Sun., and somtimes Mon., Tues., Wed., and Thurs.
P1. Find the start just left of D7 and crank up the steep corner. not the best pro off the deck at .10b/c. continue up to two huge belay bolts (part of the D7 raps).
P2. Climb out the left side of the roof and up a great, left-facing corner. Step left (10.b) at a pin and belay at a mess of old webbing and pins.
P3. Climb up and step back right. Follow this nice crack to the 11a crux just before a good stance. Belay here.
P4. Start up the crack on the right and do the annoying reach past a chunk-o-vegetation (5.10). Then continue up great 5.8/9 corner until it's possible to traverse left to Pervertical's 4th belay. An incredible, exposed traverse and 5.7 to boot! There are two possible traverses here. Make sure and take the 2nd!
P5. From here, you're on Pervertical Sanctuary to the top. It's nice to have AT LEAST one #4 Camalot for this beautiful but sustained 4 inch crack.
P6. Take the 5.9 crack above to Table Ledge.
Keep in mind that you will be joining the quite popular Pervertical Sanctuary, so keep an eye on the traffic there and decide if it's better to race 'em or wait for 'em.
Bring your standard Diamond rack. Singles or doubles of cams up to #3 Camalots. A #4 Camalot comes in handy here and there but is very important for p5 of Pervertical.
Duncan Burke following pitch 3, Curving Vine
BETA PHOTO: From the base.
Thom Engelbach and partner on 'Curving Vine' (5.10...
Looking up at Curving Vine P3, climbers are visibl...
|By Bosier Parsons|
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Oct 9, 2004
I never finished this route, but the first three pitches are high quality. The crux was steep and had some nice face holds.
From: Pinewood Springs
Aug 12, 2010
At the traverse under the roof, we continued up the crack past the giant flake for a long 50m pitch and set a hanging belay.
On the next ~30m pitch, I went up until I could traverse left for some moves then back right, and up to a stance on a ledge with 3 old angles and some webbing, 11a.
(Looking at Rossiter topo I believe I somehow got on Hidden Diamond via small ledge) Continued up the crack, hard climbing without good stances to place pro, after 20m moved to right crack about 10m directly below ledge & mess of slings tied to 4 nuts, this was the crux. A 4 inch slot with 2 slopper pockets and bad feet ie read no feet. Looked to be a impressive lay back, but placing pro would be difficult. I choose to aid it.
Above the ledge it looked like a great 10 wide crack, but I was whipped having lead/aid it all, we rapped over and down the mitten.
I'd go back, as I'm wondering about the "step left" in description.
--Ross & Per Andersson
|By Kevin Stricker|
From: Evergreen, CO
Aug 13, 2010
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c
Your description of the crux does sound a bit like Hidden Diamond, especially if the crack above the fist crack/roof was small and had flowers growing from it. I remember a traverse out to the right pass a few pins to get to that pitch though. Curving Vine pretty much continues straight up past the monster flake although it does jog a bit on the second pitch. It is an obvious crack system to the right of Pervertical that is distinguished by the fact that it pinches off and ends about 100 feet below the left side of Almost Table.