Route Guide - iPhone / Android - Partners - Forum - Photos - Deals - What's New
Login with Facebook
 ADVANCED
Bitty Buttress
Routes Sorted
L to R R to L Alpha
A's Jax 
Bitty Buttress 
Buzz, The 
Electricity 
Hand is Quicker than the Eye, The 
Holy Ascension 
Jaguary 
Jam Left 
Jitters, The 
Lorax, The 
Mirage (aka Right Crack) 
Moby Dike 
Peach Monkey 
Peapod 
Return To Sender 
Reveille 
Rise and Shine 
South 
Spins, The 
Treetop Landing 
Welcome Home 

Moby Dike 

YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- British: E2 5b

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Vaino Kodas, Moe Hershoff, 2004
Page Views: 665
Submitted By: Ivan Rezucha on Aug 17, 2005
Good Page? 0 people like this page. Your opinion:   

You & This Route  |  Other Opinions (3)
Your todo list:
Your stars:
Your rating: -none- [change]
Your ticklist: [add new tick]
BETA PHOTO: Moby Dike and Leaping Lizards.
  • Seasonal Raptor Closure - reopened July 30, 2013 MORE INFO >>>
  • Flood damaged road reopens MORE INFO >>>

  • Description 

    Moby Dike is a pretty good climb in a good location at a prominent quartz dike at the very top of the Blob/Bitty Buttress ridge. It's a bit short given the approach, and the quartz holds are still flaking off. The FA party rated this 5.9, but it felt hard to me. The moves and clips at the 3rd and 4th bolts seemed quite hard, balancy and precarious.

    Approach: From the Blob parking pullout, look for the first formation on the skyline right of East Blob. You'll see a steep orange wall with a prominent vertical white dike. Moby Dike climbs the left side of the dike which, not obvious from the road, is a left facing corner. Leaping Lizards, listed in Rossiter, is to the right of the dike. Hike up the trail to Blob and find your way east below Blob Slab to the base of the gully below East Blob. Scramble up a trough on the right of the main gully to a large bench with trees. Follow this right/east to its end, and you'll be below the climb. You could climb up trad from here to the bolt anchors at the start of the climb, but better, reverse your path for about 100', then go up a bit and climb right up a third class ramp past 2 small trees to a ledge. Follow this to its end, then do a short exposed but very easy traverse to the bolt anchors.

    The route: Traverse right and make several hard moves up the quartz band. Hand traverse left around the roof (reachy) and then up easy rock to a ceiling. One more hard move over the ceiling leads to the anchors.

    Descent: You can reverse the third class approach from the start anchors or rappel with a 60m rope from the top anchors to the next lower level and hike west to rejoin the approach.


    Protection 

    7 bolts plus 2-bolt anchors at the top and at the start.



    Photos of Moby Dike Slideshow Add Photo
    Moby Dike climbs the left side of the large right leaning dike on the buttress right of center in the photo. This rock formation is right of East Blob and up and left of the main Bitty Buttress area.
    BETA PHOTO: Moby Dike climbs the left side of the large right ...
    Andy Nguyen sews up Moby Dike. Photo by Chris Perkins.
    Andy Nguyen sews up Moby Dike. Photo by Chris Perk...
    Comments on Moby Dike Add Comment
    Show which comments
    - none yet -