||Trad, Aid, 1 pitch, 60'
|Consensus: ||C1 [details]|
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|Submitted By: ||Jordan Ramey on Apr 9, 2008|
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BETA PHOTO: Left Ladder and Center Ladder routes.
This slightly overhung bolt ladder is in a an amazing setting only a very short drive from Pasadena. As long as you show up early enough, you'll love it, but show up late or on a weekend and be prepared to perform for the crowd. The first bolt sheared off in 04/29/2002 and was replaced with a 3/8" rawl.
I've seen people banging pins in for a belay at the base, which I could see for soloing, but is certainly unnecessary when belayed by your partner. Does the belayer really need to be anchored when standing around? Plus, banging pins into the rock at ground level in front of tourists and next to a waterfall is probably bad P.R. for climbers.
Left most bolt ladder. Short folks will need to stick clip the starting bolt or pile up some rocks.
17 bolts to bomber 2 bolt anchor with rap rings. 5 bad bolts, 2 of which can be skipped. The other 13 are bomber.
If soloing the route, make an anchor with the first 2 bolts (both good), bring some gear for the base, or sling a huge boulder with webbing. There is no need for pins.
Bad bolt - last one before anchors on Left ladder
Looking down from halfway up the Left Ladder.
First bolt on Left Ladder - good
BETA PHOTO: View of the top where the Left and Center Ladders ...
Me on route messing around