|The North Gym
This clean white bulge is one of the most continuously steep lines at Shelf, requiring big, athletic moves on relatively huge holds. A short band of choss before the business detracts somewhat, and the rock on the rest of the line is not quite as clean as it could be. However, the movement and position is superior to other routes of the grade at Shelf, lacking the tweaky and painful holds found elsewhere.
Stick clip the first bolt, then cruise the easy slab to a stance at the break. Alert your belayer, then teeter past a 3' band of spooky choss to reach a shallow open book in solid stone, just below the steepness. Make a big span to a 2-finger pocket to reach a honeycomb band of huge pocket jugs that all seem to face the wrong way. Another big reach to hidden holds sets up a difficult clip, and then the crux: a dynamic, rising traverse to gain the headwall.
This is the furthest right bolted line in the Teenage Prostitutes area, climbing a tall white bulge. Due to its SE aspect, this line sees more sun than other routes on this section of the cliff.
5 bolts to 2BA. Stick clip recommended.
|By Darryl Roth|
Nov 28, 2011
Great job, Mark. An excellent looking line and an excellent addition to Shelf!
|By Mike Anderson|
From: Dayton, OH
Dec 13, 2011
This route is superb. Easily one of the more athletic routes at Shelf on mostly perfect rock. If typical Shelf climbing turns you off, try this route.