The Locksmith Dihedral follows the steep, tasty-looking corner up the middle of the buttress.
The first pitch begins in a short chimney filled with a block. An off-size hand crack leads up to a V slot and to the start of the main corner.
The 2nd pitch was one of the best finger cracks I've ever done. Continue up the dihedral to the top of a prominent tower, which was just 25' from the rim. Lots of loose rock was trundled from this top section as we rappelled off. If you want to go to the top of the formation, climb a 5.6 R pitch. The first 4 pitches offer the best quality, but going to the top is still well worth it.
There are no summit anchors so it might be best to rap down the Gatekeeper Crack.
BETA PHOTO: Locksmith Dihedral follows the left line
Looking down at the P1 crux, which is pulling a sm...
Looking down from the belay atop the crux.
|By Mike Anderson|
From: Dayton, OH
Feb 1, 2009
I give this 4 stars for the first four pitches. This makes a great half-day outing of consistent 5.11 climbing with a short 12- crux.
|By eric whewell|
From: Boulder, CO
Apr 11, 2014
Great climbing on the first 4 pitches. The crux section involves pulling through a wide roof, its physical but short. A #6 camalot was great to have. Rack beta on here was pretty good. Could likely do it with 1 less 3 and 4 camalot. The rap anchors don't have chains so consider bringing some extra cord or webbing to back up or remove the old stuff.
We approached via the Watchman Trail and then bushwacked and side-hilled over to the Gatekeeper Wall. We descended the wash directly below. In the future I would approach via our descent route, up the wash straight to the base of the wall.