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Sundance and its neighbor Moondance are two genuinely enjoyable routes on beautiful tight-white rock. They're relatively high on the cliff, at what can be a sunny warm spot on a calm winter day. And because they're fairly far down the cliff, you'll likely have them to yourself.
Both routes start from the same little platform nestled among pine trees. To get there, take the last trail up to the main cliff, as for Wasp. At the cliff, go right, under the big mound right of Wasp, then up the gully to the cliff. Keep on following a trail along the cliff, up and up, until you're forced to step right around some trees. You should be at the start of the route, at a small pedestal/clearing above some talus below.
P1: Step easily up ledges to a large tree in front of a blocky left-facing corner. 5.6, fun and easy but no pro.
P2: Make a big move or two to gain the rock behind the tree, then keep climbing up and right, finding the line of least resistance, to the cliff top.
P1 and P2 can be easily combined.
Rappel from a tree at the cliff top. It's possible to toprope the face to the right of the route, at about the same grade and enjoyability.
|By Dana Bartlett|
Aug 25, 2011
There is also a great place at the top to lounge around and enjoy the view.