Found 25 feet left of The Engagement (bolted line on eastern side), Impeachable Offense starts with an overhanging dihedral for the first 20 feet. Feet are solid and there are many good fingerlocks with a right hand flake for the hands. After fighting through the overhang, step right ten feet and follow a perfect hand crack which leads to a overhanging roof. One might choose to set up an intermediate belay (3.5 camalot would be helpful)before the hand crack to avoid rope drag but is not necessary. The roof after the handcrack is not to strenuous, stepping left when possible keeps the route from becoming overwhelming. Build an anchor on a good ledge with chockstones or creative gear placements. Beware of slinging the massive detached rock found at the end of the pitch! For the second pitch, there is one bolt that protects the north-eastern arete. It is found 15 feet above the belay ledge and does not inspire confidence (SMC button-head that spins). Needles style crystals offer good holds to fixed anchors at the top, just keep a steady head and have fun. A two rope rappel necessary to reach the ground, throwing the ropes to the north-west will bring one down to a nice clearing. This is a spectacular climb worthy of repeating.
Protection is consitently available. Pitch one takes small cams (.3-.5 camalots) and nuts for the overhanging dihedral at the beginning. A short, but beautiful, handcrack takes as many #2 camalots as desired (no more than two or three), and the final overhanging roof has solid gear in the sm/med cam size.
Brit makes his way up the thin hand crack with som...
Me and Brit on the summit of Dire Spire. What a g...
|By John Klooster|
From: Arvada, CO
Dec 12, 2004
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a
I followed this route behind BJ and it was awesome. Impeachable Offense is not often done, the hand crack was beautiful and the summit was very unlike any other summit I have been on at Rushmore.