|Upper Smoking Section
A fun, classy and moderate 2 pitch outing up the center of the Upper Smoking Section Formation.
P1. 5.8 120'. Wander up the slab on friction climbing past some interesting features. Use some shoulder length slings on the bolts in the middle of the pitch to alleviate some of the drag. Pull on to a ledge with two rap bolts by a small, pathetic, burned tree. However, move the belay left on the ledge/ramp to the base of a grunge filled crack. One bolt to supplement gear for a belay. I managed to garden out a good #1 Friend size piece near my feet. But there may be more options with a little digging. 11 bolts.
P2. 5.8 120'. Easy face climb left of the grunge crack with no pro until the roof traverse. (You might be able to dig out a placement in the grunge if you are inspired.) Continue right with excellent undercling traversing along the overlap, with mostly finger-sized pro, until you can pull over at a weakness, protected by a bolt. Finish with a quick romp up easy slabs past a couple more bolts to 2 bolt belay on a ledge. Use shoulder length runners wisely to keep your drag down. Light SR to #1 Camalot (mostly TCUs), and 4 bolts.
Have a picnic at a grassy bench at the top.
Two raps down with one 70m rope. Our rope was actually a 67m and just BARELY made both raps with stretch. So please be careful!!!! Also possible to walk off to the right though not recommended.
Starts by a tree in the center of the formation. Scramble onto a flat perch from the left, just above the Pipsqueak slab.
Bring only a small selection of pieces for the roof traverse, including a few TCUs/Aliens up to #1 Camalot, about a half dozen quickdraws, and half dozen shoulder length runners.
One 70m rope!
Starting out P2.
BETA PHOTO: Planning the first pitch.
BETA PHOTO: Upper Smoking Section.
Blue: Emphysema (10+)
Me, and the ball and chain, makin' dust on P1.
Nearing the end of the traverse on P2.
Ang finishing P1.