This route climbs up the well-defined arete on the opposite side of the canyon from Swiss Cheese. If you look closely, you will find the scatched-in initials "PWB" near the first bolt. You will also see a shallow hole from what looks to have been a long-ago aborted bolting attempt.
Anyway, climb up to the first bolt. A .75-1" cam might offer some protection getting to the bolt, but really the climbing isn't that bad. Then climb delicate, slabby, rock past four bolts to the tree. Top out on the ledge and clip the anchors.
PWB offers very cool, thought-provoking climbing up a beautiful feature on perfect rock. If it was longer it would certainly warrant more stars.
This is a sweet route with nice bolt placement. I did my third lead on this and it was awesome. Nice work bolting all the new stuff Jay.
By Erik Olson Jul 17, 2007 rating: 5.8+5b16VI-15HVS 4c
This is a great route, I climbed it quite a few years ago with dlanglois on top rope (along with another route on that face that was pretty fun and just as dirty at the time). I am excited to give it a go on lead. Have to check it out the weekend after next.
By Erik Olson Aug 5, 2007 rating: 5.8+5b16VI-15HVS 4c
Fun route on lead. Good bolt placement. The route on the right side of this wall we use to call "Barn Yard". The lower sections of Barnyard are climbable on TR, but on the top you would have to climb through the top of the yellow birch that has fallen over.
By Jay Knower Administrator From: Campton, NH Jul 10, 2008
Today I added top anchors to this route. It extends the climbing. Rather than reaching for the slings on the tree (slings are now gone) you top out on the ledge and clip the anchors. I also added a bolt at the top of the arete to protect the top-out moves.
Pay attention to the big boulder out right as you top out. I'm not sure if it is loose, but I wouldn't want to find out.
Thanks for all the work at the hollow Jay! All the new routes are awesome. As a side note, did you hear about the Vertical Stronghold "reunion" that is going to be held at wheelers the weekend of aug 2,3, and 4 or so?
A lot of fun! I like that there seems to be very little as you look at it, and then when you start climbing you realize that there is very little, but it is all solid. Climb this if you're in the area, a quick route that makes you feel good at the end.
Just lead this on my first trip here. Nice climb...classic, aesthetic moves using the arete and the bolts are placed at excellent rests. The crux move was easily pulled by my reach, but remained a 5.9 move for my 5'4'' climbing partner.
By Josh Olson From: madison, wisconsin Jun 3, 2011 rating: 5.8+5b16VI-15HVS 4c
Fantastic route, probably climbed it a couple dozen times now. Great bolting, great climbing. If you do climb this, please set up an anchor, DO NOT toprope through the rap rings. I've had to ask two groups now in the last two months to set up an anchor. So, make sure to check for wear on the rings before you hop down.