About 20 feet right of the crack on the middle tier, there's a cave with a pot leaf etched into the sandstone. The route climbs the arete on the left of the cave.
The route is fun and overhanging with a very strength-intensive crux. The sand stone in the cave is so bad that it makes smearing on it nearly impossible, but the holds on the arete are mostly high quality rock.
Since this route hadn't been climbed in a while, I'm kinda wondering if anyone knows who first did it, why the bolts were cut and if my guess for the difficulty was correct.
The top rope for this route is pretty difficult to set up. There used to be bolts in the rock above the route, but they have been removed. So instead, traverse to the right from the tree above the 5.7 crack. Loop a sling around the large boulder at about the tree's height and that will be your anchor. Also, some trad gear may be a good idea to back it up.
|Comments on Pot Leaf Cave - Left Arete
From: Vacaville Ca.
Jun 22, 2006
I climbed this route a few times. I don't think its anywhere near .11d though. I've climbed up the center crack in the cave also which is much harder. Its like a .11++ one move wonder. Good reachy finger lock followed by a powerfull mante. Good stuff. I set my top rope up by looping the wire of several nuts over the old bolt studs. Kinda sketch, but I wasn't going to fall anyway.....Pffft.
|By Steve R.|
From: Oakland, CA
Dec 5, 2008
Seemed easier to me, too, but I climbed some of the left face into the arete. There is now a selection of newish bolts on the top to choose from for a top rope. Needs 15' or more of extension.