This is one of Index's finest hand cracks and well worth the approach hike.
Rattletale climbs an indistinct corner in one pitch to reach the base of the prominent hand crack in a right-leaning corner. Pitch 2 climbs the crack which ranges from perfect hands to just barely wider. The third pitch climbs a slightly overhanging corner in a bay to reach the top of the cliff. Toprope the offwidth to the left for bonus points.
At Rattletale Wall. Belay stations are fixed slings on natural features. Pitches are short and can be linked, one 60m rope is enough for rappelling.
A set of nuts and cams, with double or triple hand-size (i.e. #2 and #3 C4 Camalots).
Jul 14, 2008
Just an FYI: the sizes he refers to are for Camelots.
|By Eric Fjellanger|
Jul 15, 2008
Thanks, good point, I've updated the description.
From: Las Vegas
Feb 20, 2009
Someone added belay stations at the top of pitches 1 & 2.
|By TM Miller|
Jun 12, 2009
Great route! Cheers to whoever put the P1 and P2 anchors in - not so sure how long the fin/boulder with slings on P1 and the sling covered bush on P2 would have supported the route's well-deserved popularity.
|By Colin Bartholomew|
Jun 19, 2010
Thanks for the stations. Uber classic.
|By Sherri Lewis|
From: Sequim, WA
Aug 8, 2010
This route is well worth seeking out. P2 is pure, burly crack climbing at its finest. P3 is a fun stemming/crack finish (if you've got any gas left in the tank for overhanging crack, that is.) P2 uses only #2's and #3's(though you can plug a #4 in to protect the exit onto the dirty ledge).