Prepare the utility belt. Excellent slabbing up a "connect the dots" face. A slab of big and small crystals, Great Grebes Batman! is exciting. With multiply cruxes, the nature of this line lends some great rests between eerie movement! The crux lies high in an obvious blank section.
Begin about 7 feet right off the third belay of Western Grebe. Aim for the bolt about 12 feet off the ledge. A set of serious, committing moves gets you off climbing. Pass a few big chicken heads, pull a mantle and bounce around a bit. Work your way through a small crux and aim for the obvious line. Slab out the finish on easier, low-angle terrain. Finish at a chain anchor.
Hand drilled on lead, this route will not disappoint.
Classic Little Cottonwood - Classic Bill Robins.
Three draws, a thin runner for slinging a chickenhead after bolt two and a grappling hook?
Two draws for the anchors.
From the base of the final pitch of Western Grebe are 4 bolted lines. This is 2nd line from the east. When climbed as a finish, this makes for a great alternative to the final pitch of Western Grebe or any other route for that matter.
|Comments on Great Grebes, Batman!
May 4, 2013
I'd add a .5, .75, or #1 BD cam to the list. There's a crack for gear before the last crux. Even with this placement, I wouldn't call the route super safe. Love the old-school barely-safe routes. The quality is on par with DOTM to it's right.