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Giardia is a superb pitch for the grade, and classic Waterfall sports action.... The crux involves some very powerful moves over the roof/bulge on positive holds.
This route starts above the obvious little spring at the base of the wall. Climb a slightly unpleasant off fist size crack to the roof which has a very thin crack splitting it. Plug in a couple pieces of gear, and get ready to crank out some awesome moves which seem puzzling until you start into it. Continue up the dihedral into a fantastic hands section. After that the crack begins to tighten down again into another little .10+/.11- section which guards the anchors.
This is one of my favorite pitches on the left wall. Always exciting and savory.
Left side above Beer Spring
Mike Knarzer on Giardia Crack 5.11+
|Comments on Giardia Crack
|By Michael Sokoloff|
From: Spokane, WA
Jul 6, 2009
Awesome moves through the roof and pretty tough. Varied climbing with good gear.
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Oct 31, 2009
Agreed, a very good climb. best one we did all day
|By Toast with Butter|
From: Tempe, AZ
Nov 15, 2012
rating: 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a
great climb, but make sure u get the right knee bar at the start of the roof so that you can carefully place your blue metolius or eqivalent up high. I witnessed a well placed but lone purple BD cam pop out and the climber decked. Make sure to place solid on that roof to avoid directly staring into the eyes of Santa Muerte.