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Jackie Trejo, fully extended on powder keg.
Up a slippery slab (harder than it looks) to some good holds under the roof and then power out the somewhat reachy roof with a wild sequence to finish on easy slab to anchors - fun!
One of the first lines on the Motherlode Wall, this was orignally done with two bolts (the second and third) and no anchors but later retrobolted to make a popular and often done climb.
Left side of the north face and easily identified as a slab to corner capped by a roof. Nitroglycerine is just to the right on the arete.
4 bolts, chain anchor (shared with Nitroglycerine)
Nearing the top of Powder Keg (5.10a), Holcomb Val...
Elaine looking stylish on Powder Keg (5.10a), Holc...
Tom D starting the true crux of Powder Keg - the s...
Tandora starting the roof.
Nice recovery T!
Elaine passing the last bolt of Powder Keg (5.10a)...
Chris topping out on Powder Keg (5.10a), Holcomb V...
BETA PHOTO: Starting the climb a little bit to the right makes...
BETA PHOTO: sequence beta
Charlie pulling the roof on lead while running a m...
Undercling sligtly left of the big hole is much mo...
Delicate moves to start.
Garrett goes to match on the roof jug
Myself on Powder Keg
Alison on Powder Keg
Getting the 2nd clip
enjoying the moves
BETA PHOTO: Powder Keg (5.10a), Holcomb Valley Pinnacles
|By Bill Olszewski|
From: Colorado Springs, CO
May 31, 2007
This is a fantastic route! (and great photo op ;-) The crux is really the thin slab to reach the first bolt. The roof is pretty easy on great holds - just watch those feet! A must if you're at the Pinnacles.
|By Jason Partin|
From: San Diego, CA
Jun 28, 2009
Fun climb, perhaps an anti-climatic summit... It's worth doing for the combination of footwork at the start, power-reach on the roof, and heel hook to get out from under the roof. My ankles were scratched badly... consider tape if you're like I am, and not experienced with heel hooks. It's nice to have a spotter as you try to clip the second bolt, the first bolt wouldn't stop you from hitting your head or twisting an ankle in the rocks below.
|By Chris Owen|
From: La Crescenta and Big Bear Lake
Sep 6, 2010
IMHO this felt harder than 5.10a to me, the climbing up to and around the roof felt more technical than some of the steep 5.10a climbs hereabouts.
If you're tall you can clip the first bolt from the right side of the ledge - this really takes the edge off the opening moves.
Agreed that a fall while attempting to clip the second bolt would result in a grounder unless the belayer did a sprint or reeled you in.
|By Greg G|
From: SLC, UT
Jan 16, 2012
This route is like bouldering with a rope. Very fun, and unique! I have yet to do a route like it anywhere else. The upper half of the route is fun as well.