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This climb is pretty straight forward. The route starts left of a 20 ft tower of blocks.
P1: (5.9) Clip the first bolt from atop the blocks and follow the bolt line up and right for approximately 170 ft to a hanging belay. A slightly steeper section right before the anchor may be considered the crux of the climb.
P2: (5.9) Continue climbing up and right past another dozen of so bolts, clipping an anchor bolt along the way, to a comfortable belay ledge. The anchor is positioned about 10 ft left of the route's line.
P3: (5.9) The route finishes up a short ramp up and right from the belay ledge.
Descent: Rappel a short distance down to a prominent tower. From the tower rappel down through four more stations to the ground.
Highly Recommend: 60m rope, 12 quickdraws, 6 apline quickdraws, and a helmet.
Ramon enjoying the hanging belay at P1 on Leonids.
Nearing first belay
Three man party attack
Misty morning @ ECM - Leonids and Triton P1 starts...
BETA PHOTO: The rope showing pitch 1 as looking down from the ...
BETA PHOTO: At top of pitch 2 looking down with the rope indic...
BETA PHOTO: Top of the 3rd pitch at the good ledge. You can s...
6.9.12::Misty, cool and foggy morning @ ECM
6.9.12::@ the 1st pitch. Gorgeous day!!
6.9.12::@ the 1st pitch belay station
Pitch II of Leonids. Photo by Claudio Ricardez.
Cruisin' Leonids, like a boss!
Chris Lane leading Leonids.
From: San Diego, CA
Jun 25, 2009
You no longer clip the anchor to Meteor on P2. Someone added a bolt for Leonids a few feet left of that anchor. It took us 4 rappels with a single 60m rope to get to the ground instead of 5. From the top, we skipped the anchor at the top of the Triton Tower and rappeled to the mid anchor on Triton, then the low anchor on Triton, overhang rappel and a little left, last one to the ground.
From: the bedroom
Oct 18, 2010
I wouldn't climb this without a helmet - plenty of ready-to-snap micro flakes and a few larger hollow bits - but it borders on over-bolted...
|By Robert Buswold|
From: Longmont, CO
Oct 26, 2010
I had a great time on this route... lots of fun.
|By Josh Cameron|
Mar 8, 2011
The guide book says the crux is the steep section at the end of the first pitch, but I felt like it was the last half of the second pitch. It's more technical, sustained, and exposed. As my friend said, "Pitch 2 is the money pitch."
Mar 20, 2011
The best 5.9 in san diego IMO, great for a 1st multipitch.
|By James Harper|
May 3, 2011
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a
When rappelling off the overhang of Triton's Tower, be sure to go off the east side. The rappel is much more intense, more exposed and more fun. A great ending to a great climb!
|By Sean Haney|
Jul 25, 2011
Climbed the first 2 pitches (ran out of time) yesterday (7-24-11) and it was great! FYI on the distances of pitches: they seem shorter than indicated above, and you are always sufficiently close to a rap route to the ground in case your second can't make it (a concern I had yesterday). The Metolius rap hangers at the top of P2 are a bit rusty. No cracks or spinning, and the bolts themselves look great, but I just thought I'd let others judge whether or not this warrants replacement.
| || |Rusty Metolius rap hanger at the top of P2.
Submitted By: Sean Haney on Jul 25, 2011
May 14, 2012
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a
Climbed it on 5/4/2012. Absolutely loved it! Rock is clean and very well bolted! A slabby technical start immediately wakes you up after the first 2 bolts, and then it steepens to some very nice face climbing. This continues up the seconds pitch and just as I was getting comfy and use to the climbing style the 3rd traverse pitch totally switched it up! I love the exposure as I used the undercling on the slab and then stepped out to the good foot before getting to the ledge - it was soooo fun! As good as any climb I've done all over the world. Definitely a 4 start route. Though my toe was sore from the slab and small edging, it was totally worth it.
| || |Sitting on the ledge of P3 and having lunch.
Submitted By: Ming on May 14, 2012
|By Raquel ROCKY Robles|
From: Encinitas, CA
Jun 17, 2012
Was only able to lead the 1st pitch that day. Super fun!! Was lucky enough to time the hike early. Misty, cool and foggy morning!
|By Will P.|
Nov 4, 2012
Tons of bolts and super fun. P2 seemed the toughest.
|By Ryan Shockey|
From: Dana Point
Jun 21, 2013
Did all 3 pitches on June 4th. Had a blast, definitely worth the stout approach (temps permitting) Great sweeping views of Alpine, el cajon, and even the Coronado islands on a clear day.
Please take note...
2nd belay station has a loose nut on the right metolious hanger. *The threads are smashed at the top so there is no way the nut will come off the 1/2" bolt. It is safe but should be engaged on the hanger to prevent undue wear. If your heading up bring an adjustable wrench and give it a wee tightening. I emailed the guys at allied climbers of San Diego, they said it was still bomber and recommended I post this in hopes the next team up might remember to bring a wrench. If you are not familiar with the mechanics of a bolt please read up before tightening. Its actually safer as is than if you were to over tighten, this could likely cause the bolt to partialy pull out of the stone making it much more sketchy in the case of a dynamic event in particular. It just needs to engage the hanger then an 1/8 to 1/4 turn beyond. If you are not comfortable taking care of this just leave it.
Post if you fix it, post if you don't and it still needs attention. Ill be up there again after summer so if need be I will take care of it myself.
See you at the top!
|By Tor Andre Skjelbakken|
From: La Jolla
Sep 28, 2013
I did the route Sept 21. and tightened the loose hanger on 2nd belay station.
It is OK now.
Nice route, BTW...
Tor Andre Skjelbakken
(visiting Norwegian climber)