Steep in the Teacups of Laurel
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This route climbs a memorable groove. The first half of the route climbs the apron below the head wall. At half way the route steepens and climbs in and out of the teacups. We tried to maintain the spirit of the area by including mandatory run outs on moderate terrain. Protection is found near most hard moves.
P1 5.9 200' Go left at the first bolt, aim for an overlap with a hand crack. Climb straight up to a quartz hold (yellow C3), sling a hold, clip 2 bolts then keep a cool head on your way to the Fathom Direct bolt located above the dike and a bit right of the groove. Stretch it out to the anchor.
P2 5.10 200' Step left and enjoy the awesome features to the first bolt. Pass a crack, and eventually a couple bolts. Above the 3rd bolt look left and go clip the first of the 4 bolts that this route shares with Have and Not Need / Laurel Robbins. Stretch it out to the anchor.
P3 5.12 135' Climb straight up to a hole. Climb up to another hole, then clip. Continue up the groove past more bolts. The 4th is a Fathom bolt. A tight finger size nut protects you clipping the 5th bolt. Climb out the bulge and get your groove on, passing bolts to a two bolt anchor in the teacup.
P4 5.10 160' Climb over the bulge passing bolts then up the arcing groove using natural protection to the 2 bolt belay on Mossy Mouse Ledge.
P5 5.12 50' Crux pitch, short & sweet. Tech up past the 2nd bolt. Find the 'crucial crystal' then dyno. 2 bolt anchor.
P6 5.11 190' 'Two Rivers Country' Climb over the right of the two grooves. Climb to the next bulge clip high. Pass a cedar tree. Surmount one final bulge and climb to the two bolt anchor.
Rappel the route.
Between Hone Ranger and Have and Not Need.
(2) #1 C3 - #3 C4
(1) #4 C4
(1) small finger size nuts
(2) 60m or 70m ropes (5' of simuling on P1&2 w 60s to share H&NN anchor)
|Photos of Steep in the Teacups of Laurel Slideshow
BETA PHOTO: Topo overlay
The FA team on P1&2
Photo credit Chris Wisenhunt
photo credit Chris Wisenhunt
P4 FA from the belay
|Comments on Steep in the Teacups of Laurel
|By burlap submariner|
Jan 25, 2013
Just when I thought that the "escape hatch" was direct.....Nice work guys, what an amazing opportunity.