From the Real Hidden Valley parking area a marked trail leads west to the base of Houser Buttress. Scramble up to the base and you will find this climb 15' right of Loose Lady on the right side of Houser Buttress.
Another seven bolt route but this one has steeper rock and smaller holds. The crux is getting to the last bolt and if you fall from a balancy mantle before standing up expect to take a healthy fall. Bolted anchor/rap on top (shared with Loose Lady).
Great moves on this route with a little fear factor but overall it's safe. Not done nearly as much as it's neighbor to the left, but for the grade a must do Josh face climb. This climb gets sun most of the day so it's an excellent choice on those cold days, but not the best choice when warm as this climb is somewhat temperature dependant. Three stars out of five.
7 bolts, bolted anchor/rap (all 3/8")
Feb 2, 2003
I think this route should get more stars in the Vogel guide. To me it seems just as good as Loose Lady, only a little harder and a little more painful.
Feb 3, 2003
Robert's observation is right-on. I am currently working on the new guide, and have added (and in some cases subtracted) stars from a lot of routes. Puss N' Boots probably deserves 3 (out of 5). Hidden Arch definately deserves 4 out of 5; and Armageden Tired probably 2 or 3 stars (though it previously had none). As I get more feedback on routes (always welcome), or have done more of them over the years, star ratings can become more consistent.
|By Adam Stackhouse|
Nov 5, 2012
rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Thought this route was terrific back in the day.