The guidebook lists this as two pitches, but I think that would be a really silly way to climb this. Long runners at the very beginning keep rope drag nonexistent.
Start on the ledge that Nutsweat, Death Wish, and Reckless abandon all begin on. Negotiate a short crack/weakness through a bulge, when you pop up over this head up and left through a beautiful green corner. Near the top traverse left into a right facing corner (crux). Continue traversing left out the stupendous overhangs towards the fixed anchor.
Gear is adequate but you could go for a pretty big ride in one or two spots. Belay your second up from the anchor, one 60m rope will just get you down.
Small nuts help at the high crux.
BETA PHOTO: View from being lowered, near the anchor. Fairly l...
From: Raleigh, NC
Nov 8, 2011
One pitch is the way to go. One 60 gets you down perfectly. The variety and exposure on this route are unreal. Find gear in the dihedral, crux into the traverse, and head out into a jug haul that, in my opinion, beats the Zoo View roof any day. I can't say enough good things about this route. Do it.
|By Matt Westlake|
Nov 23, 2012
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a PG13
One more thing to note - the arete is pretty mild climbing but gear is a bit sparse and there are sections of loose rock so don't get too casual because the climbing is easy. In particular near the top there is a thin curtain of rock that is tempting to use probably a bit too much. Still, a good route worth your time.
|By Neil Rankin|
From: Greensboro, NC
Apr 11, 2013
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a
Climbing is just OK, but it gets an extra star for the exposure.