This route is about 30 feet downhill from Rush Buick. It's the obvious, right-leaning, thin cracks and shallow, right-facing corners. It starts right behind a somewhat annoying tree that will try to pull you off the initial hard moves.
This is a challenging route that is much harder than it looks. The angling crack and holds makes it insecure. There are few comfortable rests. You should be good at gear placements. Gear is OK, but not always obvious, and rarely bomber.
For me the crux was the first 15 feet, perhaps because of the barely adequate gear and the nearness of the ground, but also because the tree nearly pulled me off.
The rest of the climb continues hard, and you'll find yourself wishing for just one horizontal hold or good jam.
There's a big surprise at the top (say no more). Rossiter's comment, "...and see if anybody's home" IS meaninful.
Protections is fair but tricky. Tiny HBs, #0 Metolius TCU at the bottom, up to green/0.75 Camalot. Lots of slings and draws. There are many placements, but few bomber pieces.
Per Ivan Rezucha: As of 11/8/02, there were slings with rings through a tunnel in the roof of the cave. I didn't like the look of them, so I traversed left and down to the anchor (slings and rings) on Rush Buick and belayed and then rapped from there.
DESCENT: As of 11/8/02 there were slings with rings through a tunnel in the roof of the cave. I didn't like the look of them, so I traversed left and down to the anchor (slings and rings) on Rush Buick and belayed and then rapped from there.
This route is short, but has a lot to offer: cool location, a hard to protect crux, steep and pumpy climbing all the way up (with just enough jugs to keep the grade down), and of course the nice surprise....
By Dustin B From: Steamboat Jan 8, 2011 rating: 5.9+5c17VI17E1 5a PG13
By Tony B From: Around Boulder, CO May 30, 2011 rating: 5.9+5c17VI17E1 5a PG13
The gear at the bottom is solid (purple Camalot), but then gets spotty for a while with a possible groundfall from 10-15' before coming back. Generally speaking, this route is PG-13; there are many individual placements which you are relying on for your safety, as they are sparse and singular - single points of gear failure could be catastrophic. I'm not saying that the gear is intrinsically poor, but you have to have your game hat on. This is not a route to take lightly.
By Kevin Presley From: Loveland Jan 26, 2012 rating: 5.95c17VI17HVS 5a PG13
Does not have gear when you want it, but there is gear when you really need it. Like the comment above, the gear is not bomber. Fun route, but I would not lead it again. Be solid at the grade.
By Wayne Crill From: an Altered State Mar 5, 2012 rating: 5.9+5c17VI17E1 5a PG13
I thought this pitch climbed much better and much steeper than it appeared from the ground. Totally disagree with SL's guide that it's awkward, but agree with his FUN statement. I thought it was quite interesting and thought provoking. Maybe it was my avoiding the awkwardness, but the way it keeps pushing you right over the steepness for your lower body with fun exposure was fantastic.