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This fine corner is one line left of Carol's Crack and is most conveniently completed in two short (80') pitches. To start, scramble up and left around the blocks and flakes left of Carol's and belay in the broken area. A moderate (5.8) first pitch takes the crack system that is two cracks left of Carol's, then trends right at about half a rope-length to a belay (this coincides with most of the first pitch of Whine and Bruises and avoids lesser quality rock in the right crack). The crux second pitch takes finger jams, laybacks, and stems up the corner to a fairly distinct crux section near the top. Spiney Norman was orignally graded 12a, partially because of a bit of lichen at the crux. It has cleaned up nicely into another worthwhile outing at 11c.
Many small stoppers and large RP's, with a few TCU's and small cams up to #1 Camalot.
|Comments on Spiney Norman
|By Neil Kauffman|
May 26, 2009
Toproped this great climb a few days ago with the direct start after climbing P1 and P2 of Carols. The direct start is really fun face edges and finger crack, maybe 5.8, would protect well with finger size cams and wasn't too loose. The rest of the crack is superb getting progressively steeper, with one not so easy, but short sequence just below the anchor! Possible to do it as one pitch at 45-50m.
Aug 31, 2011
superb route with a grand finale. try hopelessly to save some juice for the end!