The Fat Albert area is readily identified from the highway by finding the huge natural arch just left of center on Lightning Dome. It lies directly uphill from the main parking pullout.
Park at a large pullout at mile 21.1. Cross the highway to a road cut and scramble up a left trending ramp to the trail. Follow this to the base of the wall near the Fat Albert arch. Expect a 10 minute hike.
All single pitch routes can be descended with one 30M rappel over the arch or scrambled off to the right on exposed ledges. Multipitch routes should rappel “Cretin’s Corner” with two ropes.
Weather station 4.4 miles from here
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Fat Albert 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b ID
: South Fork of the Clearwate...
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Long known as “Fat Albert” this route was originally called Exfoliation Expressway. Either way this is the most classic and unique climb on the Clearwater. This good beginner’s lead follows a clean dihedral for about 25 meters before tunneling underneath a natural arch to the belay. Don’t miss it! It is nearly impossible to top rope this route since lowering through the arch isn’t easily accomplished and the pendulum is nasty!P1) Start up the low angle corner using hand jams (superb!) and l...[more] Browse More Classics in ID
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