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Nice Offwidth. Note the grade of 5.8+ os for the OW, and the climb could feel harder if you've never done this sort of climbing before. IT's a nice one that has reasonable rests and won't shred the aspiring OW climber, but at least short-sleaves may be advised anyway, as opposed to bare-back or in a tank top.
On the right hands side of Showshed wall, as seen in this picture, there is a tall sunny buttress split in two by a nice OW crack. The climb starts up past a few mountain Mapples to reach a slot that gets cleaner and more solid with progress. Fist-jamming gives way to arm bars, knee locks, and heel-toe technique, until the steep moves up top that are beat with pockets deep inside the crack and a good left-hand sidepull out on the left face.
The top-anchor or TR can be set with any of the various elements of a standard rack.
LARGE gear- take as many #3-4.5 camalots of some big bros as you want for pro on the top 1/2.
Mar 19, 2007
Really a classy OW for the Tahoe area...
Jul 13, 2008
I don't bother with any heel-toe on this one; for me the whole upper half is perfect, hands-free, right-side-in knee locks (wear pants!!). About 2/3 of the way up, there is a spot for a #6 friend if you really want to place one. Otherwise, you can push along a #5 through most of the upper part; no Big Bros necessary.
|By Joe Dawson|
May 12, 2009
Two #4 Camalots with a #5 Camalot between them will get you through the wide section with no more than 10 feet between the pieces.
This is a fun climb. I do not find that offwidth technique is all that necessary as there are many crimps for a your hands and feet to use along with the crack.