|The Winchester Cave
This is the route immediately right of the mega-classic Ricochet on the tall, vertical wall above the talus field as you approach the Winchester Cave. It's not as good as Richochet and doesn't see much traffic; nevertheless, it's a cool, vertical excursion on varied stone.
Start in the overhanging, obtuse corner and fire bouldery moves past a pair of hard clips to gain the vertical face above. Most of the serious-type climbing is up on this face, with the occasional run-out on 5.10 territory and the potential for some ledgy falls should you blow it. Beware of loose holds and a coating of lichen/dust on the rock, as this route runs seasonally with water.
10-12 quickdraws and a 60 meter rope.
|By Richard M. Wright|
From: Lakewood, CO
Nov 29, 2001
I would second Matt's use of the "s" rating and give Puppy Love credit for interesting and challenging climbing. While it has been several years since I have been on PL, my recollection is that the run-outs occur largely in the upper half of the route and are on 5.10 climbing. A little more traffic would solve any remaining lichen issues, however, one can also carry a small brush and contribute a bit to the cleaning.