|Type:||Trad, Alpine, 3 pitches, 500'|
|Consensus:||YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]|
|Submitted By:||Errett Allen on Aug 8, 2004|
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From: Longmont, CO
Aug 22, 2009
Despite having done this route "several" times over the past 33 years and twice in the past 2, the start, once again, was a sandbag. After my partner decline to lead the 1st pitch starting exactly as described here on MP, as I had assured him that was "the way", I second guessed myself and started more directly under a thin, curving crack/undercling (with a tiny tuft of grass growing from it). The initial foray resulted in an embarrassing fall (DOINK!) onto a small TCU in said crack. If YOUR TCU fails, you will likely break at least one ankle. The good news is the move(s) are short and "bouldery" as one goes for the fairly obvious good layback hold then into solid terrain.
The even more direct (start) thin cracks to the right would require a number of very small nuts/RPs and tiny cams to protect. It looks quite feasible but definately difficult; 10d or up.
A 4th option which (at least) looks good, is to climb a short, thin crack (several small TCUs, or RPs) which is between the start of the ledge of the original way and the blank face under my described thin, curving crack. Near the top of this crack one may be able make a long reach right combined with some slick footwork to a good knob which is actually the end point of the "drop down" off the ledge that "peters out" on the original start.
This seems like an info overdose for just 40 feet of climbing to get started, but wait 'til you get there. The next 200+ feet of climbing is excellent, too bad it ends so soon. Continue as describe on the 3rd pitch.
Traverse off left, past the "Dog Ears" flakes to Alexander's Chimney. One 60m rap from two stoppers and an old pin semi-hidden in a corner gets you to downclimbable terrain. If you are careful you can avoid getting your ropes wet.
Or contine up on more "old school" terrain to the Hornsby Direct, which I though was kind of fun, actually, and Broadway.
By Aaron Martinuzzi
Sep 22, 2009
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
|This is a very worthwhile line. My partner and I got on it looking for Stettner's having realized we went too far up the 4th class approach ledges, and really enjoyed the climbing. We climbed the first pitch from the upper, non-grassy ledge 200 feet up to a belay notch at the base of a left-facing corner - a great, long, sustained pitch of enjoyable finger crack and face climbing that, for the most part, protected very well. Pitch two, then, ascended 50 feet of splitter handcrack that, though fairly easy (5.7, probably), was totally fun, especially after the more technical climbing on the first pitch. After the handcrack the quality of the climbing does drop off, but no more so than on Kor's Door, which similarly offers one long pitch of great climbing, 50 feet of fun 5.8, and then peters out on more broken terrain. Overall, Malander's passage is an enjoyable route on mostly excellent rock that, in my estimation, is almost as good as the climb to its left.|
By Guy H.
From: Fort Collins CO
Aug 8, 2011
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
|I thought the climbing on this line was just as good as Kor's Door, especially if you finish on Hornsby Direct. It would be a four star classic at Lumpy. The runout start is very memorable!|