Left of Shaking the Pope's Hand you will see an obvious 4 foot roof, which gets much bigger as you move down the crag. This route goes straight up the right side of the roof, right at the point where it forms a dihedral above (yes, I know this is kind of a lame description, but it's clear when you're there).
A bouldery start leads to the first bolt (10+/11- unless you use the cheater's start on a boulder), then it is 5.8 past two more bolts to the roof and a no-hands rest. Hardmen/women will just fire up and clip the next bolt mid-crux. Softies will place a green Alien in a flake above the roof first. Solve the strange crux sequence to surmount the roof, then go up on much easier ground past one more bolt to the chain anchor. This is a fun route.
5 QDs plus something for the chain anchor. Those who want even better pro on the crux roof can bring along a blue TCU or green Alien.
Mike Amato setting up to turn the roof.
Mike Amato making the thin 11a move by the first b...
Mike Amato at the crux roof. Getting the left foo...
|By Charles Vernon|
From: Tucson, AZ
Nov 5, 2001
It is possible to climb into the crux sequence, clip the bolt, and down-climb to the no-hands rest. It is also possible (but somewhat aggravating) to clip the bolt, just barely, by scrunching yourself up under the roof, without commiting to the holds above the roof. The route would be an interesting gear lead, reasonably protected at the roof, but run-out below on 5.8.
|By Darin Lang|
Nov 6, 2001
Charles, I've wondered about leading this route on gear, too. The crux and above would definitely have reasonable pro, although, as you note, the 5.8 below the crux would be iffy. Perhaps this could be one of the first routes of the imminent "retro-trad" renaissance. ;-)
|By Neal Brigner|
Nov 6, 2001
Yes, you can clip the bolt over the roof without [committing] to the moves (I'm 5'9"), then power thru the roof, an excellent route for the area.
|By Tim Fleming|
From: Boulder, CO
Aug 13, 2002
rating: 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
For anyone climbing this crux under 5'8" or so, the holds just over the roof are very tough if not impossible to reach unless you use a toe hook under the roof in the crack and hang on a good hold (right hand) at the edge of the roof... then you can reach up and grab (left hand) the flake jug easily. Try it out no matter what height --- it's a very fun option to manage the crux this way.
|By Leo Paik|
From: Westminster, Colorado
Jun 25, 2005
Watch yer left shin or ya might leave a few hairs, blood, or more if you aren't careful pulling the roof.