|Type:||Sport, 15 pitches, 1750', Grade V|
|Consensus:||YDS: 5.12d French: 7c Ewbanks: 28 UIAA: IX ZA: 28 British: E6 6b [details]|
|FA:||Jeff Jackson, Kevin Gallagher, Kurt Smith, et al.|
|Season:||shade all day, can be a bit cold in winter|
|Submitted By:||camhead on Jan 6, 2008|
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By Leviticus Maximus
Sep 19, 2011
How cold does it get in the winter? I am from Minnesota so I don't think I will have a problem but just wondering.
Is this route mostly technical slab climbing. If so, edges? Pockets? Slopers?
By Peter Lewis
From: Bridgton, Maine
Feb 13, 2014
|And Alex Honnold 3rd-classed it in three hours. I'm not even sure I can change the oil in my car that fast...|
From: San Francisco
Aug 17, 2014
Here is Alex soloing it:
My mittens got sweaty watching it.
From: Denver, CO
Dec 24, 2014
It's a good climb for a sunny winter day, when it's typically >70F in potrero (route gets no sun).
It has very interesting, surprisingly sustained and even pumpy long sequences on crimps, edges, shallow pockets, smears and fingercracks throughout all 10 first pitches we managed to climb. It's not your typical cruxy fingernail crimping slab and imo is way better quality than anything in virgin canyon. Line is amazingly clean for front side and holds, even the most suspiciously looking little flakes, are solid.
A few considerations:
1. shoes. Toe pain from technical shoes was the main reason we had to bail early. At the same time you do want a good performing shoe to both smear and edge.
2. ropes. Pitches are long and rock is sharp, so bring the lightest you can get your hands on.
3. almost every belay is a hanging one, bring a seat.
4. water - we brought 2L on the wall on a 75F day, that lasted 10 pitches. I guess 3L for a full route.
5. stash - there is a cave/mine at the base equipped with bolts to hang your packs