A long, high-quality route on beautiful stone. It has some friction moves, some crack, some traversing on an intrusion/dyke, just about everything except an overhang.
The far south end of the wall at Shannon Falls curves around to face more towards the south. Walk along the base of the cliff from the falls area until it curves up and around to a very nice clearing below a smooth face. The route up the cracks in the face is Poultry in Motion, the more rounded buttress on the left is Man of Leisure. The trail isn't heavily used, so it may take some false starts to get there.
Mostly bolts but a small selection of finger and hand sized nuts and cams is necessary. Descent by rappel (but note that the route is longer than 100 feet) or by walking around to the east then south.
|By Andy Laakmann|
From: Bend, OR
Aug 13, 2011
rating: 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
The trail is now VERY heavily used :) It's the descent for the uber-popular Skywalker. Find Skywalker, and keep heading up the trail past numerous hand lines. As you round the final corner of the buttress a big ledge heads out left to anchor bolts.
This was a fabulous route, but I was surprised to find a slightly heady section in the middle after the well protected bottom.
Towards the top when you transition into a hand crack the gear was not inspiring and the climbing - while not hard - was also not trivial. It was a bit scruffy from lack of travel, so that might had made the climbing slightly insecure. Perhaps a pink tricam (or bigger?) might have tamed the fiddy gear - but as it was I had an ok HB Offset (#3,4, or 5, not sure) and a marginal green camalot. I was happy when I plugged in a #1 above it!
After climbing the hand crack, I wasn't sure of where to go so I aimed for the bolt atop Poultry in Motion. The climbing is easy (5.6 slab), but expect LOTS of rope drag!!! Making it 5.6++++++++ :)
A fun route, and popularity will surely increase with the Skywalker traffic.
|By Mark Roberts|
From: Vancouver, BC
Sep 9, 2012
There's a hilarious pic in the old (1999?) McLane guidebook of Mr. Payan's FA in a leisure suit.