A badass route put up by some badass Sierra crushers! It offers classic Hulk crack climbing, challenging face climbing, stemming and an awesome dead point move to exit the crux dihedral. We'll also mention a little "tread lightly" climbing on some hollow flakes that felt relatively safe, as it is protected by well placed bolts.
Get out and climb this route!
Here's an article by Nils about the first ascent:
Eye of the Storm starts between the Venturi Effect and Tradewinds but traverses right past Tradewinds on the bivy ledge and climbs the upper headwall between AstroHulk and the Red Dihedral.
The suggested rack on the topo is pretty right on. We took two #2 camalots and were pleased.
Oh, also, we thought you could place a couple offset cams if you brought them. Maybe blue/green, green/yellow alien sizes.
Matt face climbs out right on p2.
Looking up the crux pitch from the belay.
BETA PHOTO: TOPO
Matt sizes up the dead point on the crux pitch.
|By Hayden Kennedy|
Jun 8, 2014
A nice route with some quality pitches. Over all its not the best route on the Hulk but it certainly deserves more traffic. I think some of the pitches would clean up really nicely with a few more ascents making the route much better. The crux pitch is awesome and very thoughtful, good old "5.12" seems right on. Just before the last 5.10 pitch its very easy to traverse left to get to the Venturi rappel route.