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Dave above the crux.
Short but sweet. The start is hard for any 9, but it eases up quickly into a nice, chill corner. Hit the ledge and traverse right into the hand crack that leads to the chain anchor. Super fun and varied. Ken Trout did the second ascent and gave me the idea for the name because while cleaning it just prior to the first ascent I smashed my hand with a hammer!
The route is formed by the right side of the pillar just right of Play with Your Balls and directly right of Sea Robin. Walk off or rap from the chains.
One set of cams from green Alien up to #2 Camalot. Maybe an extra yellow Alien in the traverse. (The placement is a little shallow).
Mike Keegan completing the traverse on Hammerhead.
Nov 28, 2009
I joined Mike up here yesterday for my first time at this area. These climbs feels pretty stiff compared to the the western, older established areas. Could be I haven't trad climbed in 7 months or Mike's a bit a sand bagger. Just the same, good quality, really fun, and worth the hike. Wear your helmet. There still stuff coming down and breaking off. He pointed out a nice 100 lbs. chunk that hit him while establishing one of these new routes. Thanks, Mike, for your hard work and continue Table Mnt. routes.
From: Golden, CO
Sep 13, 2010
Rattly fingers to an exciting traverse to perfect hands. Fantastic!
|By Brett Brotherton|
From: Arvada, CO
Nov 28, 2010
Very fun climb with difficulties starting right off the deck. I would say 5.10a (or 5.9+, is there really a difference?) is a pretty fair. Just keep in mind this isn't an inflated sport climb rating, and you need good crack skills on this one.
|By Wayne Crill|
From: an Altered State
May 2, 2011
Instead of traversing R. after the difficulties to the hand crack which I consider a part of Nurse Shark, I recommend continuing up and arching R. toward the anchor through the broken rock. The rock is solid (enough), and there is a green Alien that protects the upper portion. This is entertaining and I think a little more 'sustained' than the big traverse R. at 30'.