This route is so-so. It is an interesting diversion at the Matron but not a destination. There are some really good moves on some pretty poor rock in at least one spot. I scraped off a lot of grit and lichen, and my partner broke off one hand hold. Were the route on better stone, it would be a 2+ star route. As it is, it is a 2- star.
This climb starts on the high end of the North Face, just a short distance East of the West Face and the slab routes there. Soul Survivor boulders up a flake to an initial bolt, goes up and right (reachy) to a big undercling flake, then through the roof left (11b, reachy) or right to underclings and a heel hook (11d, gut-buster). The rock on chalked flake of the right option is crumbly, and grit was falling out of the heel hooks I used. The left way is a "will my foot really stick to that?" move with a hidden jug to match hands on at the lip.
Get to the first bolt (5.9-) to the roof (5.10b) through the roof (11b) and then go up and left to gain a crack which goes up and right (runout of 1-1.5" gear, 5.8) to the 3rd bolt. From the 3rd bolt climb 5.10 and 5.11- moves to the top of the buttress (lichens, crumbing rock in a few places) where you can clip 2 eye-bolts on the top, just at the W. Face intersection. Long slings make a smooth TR possible. If not using slings, save your rope and the bolts, and rap, don't lower off.
6 draws + a set for the top anchors. 1-1.5" pro with a sling can protect the long distance (relatively easy, maybe 5.8) between the second bolt and the third. Otherwise 5.8 S.
It would be easy enough to TR this route from the anchors above, accessed from a rap after another route to the top.
Joseffa Meir right in the deceptively difficult cr...
|By Anonymous Coward|
Aug 16, 2004
This sounds more like a description of "Father Knows Best;" see comments under North Face of the Matron.
Oct 23, 2012
Alison Sheets and Mark Hirt put this route up in the '80s prior to the bolting ban. It is a great route and is well worth seeking out!
It is mostly independent of Charlie Fowler's route Soul Survivor. Soul Survivor starts to the left and makes a rising traverse which crosses Father Knows Best to finish on the arete. Soul Survivor is an extremely bold lead with little or no protection and you should have no fear as the proximity of the FKB bolts will not help to reduce your commitment!