A note in the summit register laments the "demise of adventure climbing" and complains that Table for Two is a "sport route". I didn't find it to be that exactly, but I'll allow it as there's some nice bolts there.
We thought this was a really fun route, with substantial runouts on every pitch on 5.6/5.7 climbing, but good pro on anything 5.8 and harder, and mostly good rock. Some bolts are old buttonheads, some are relatively new (note that although BC Rock Climbing correctly describes the route as retro-bolted, the new bolts are not shown on the guidebook topo). All belays are bolted with chains.
the route (reference p. 163 of the guidebook):
1) Turn the roof (bolt), place pro, then head up and right past *two* more bolts, with great climbing on perfect brown edges up and right (not left as guidebook says) of the 2nd bolt to the belay (5.8, 150')
2) Wander up large features past 2 bolts, then head right on the obvious & very cool "heebee jeebee" traverse, over to & up a LF flake, which with all the bushes removed is probably more like 5.6 than 5.8 (5.6, 100')
3) Up and slightly left past 2 bolts, then up & out of a short LF corner, up & right, through a slot in a roof, and up a somewhat poorly protected LF corner (one bolt) to the belay). (5.8, 150')
4) Straight up the obvious RF corner on hand-sized gear (probably no harder than 5.8, but some friable rock). Exit left as the crack dies & run it out 20+ feet to a bolt, then up and left to two more bolts (1 old & thankfully 1 new) that safely protect the steep, exciting crux, then super fun plate climbing to a 2-bolt belay. (5.10a, 150')
5) Short pitch straight up past 2 bolts, over the bulge to a 2-bolt belay right of a tree. (5.7, 100')
6) Essentially, go straight up to the large ledge below the summit. Low angle at first then really fun chickenheads to finish (5.6 150') Scramble to the top and contemplate the actual summit, which fairly defies belief.
Rappell the route (2 ropes).
There are several obvious, long brown streaks on the center-right portion of Table Dome's east face. The route starts on the left edge of the brown streaks, 30 ft. right of Wily Javelina. The first pitch turns the right side of an obvious roof with a bolt 30 feet off the ground. Features can be hard to locate from the base, but become apparent on route.
A set of nuts and single set of cams from blue alien to 3.5 friend should be enough, along w/many runners & 3 or 4 draws. 3 & 3.5 friends are generally useless except on P1 & P4.
Other than starting up pitch two, I'm not sure wha...
On the rappels. The obvious corner crack is the s...
Dan Millis near the top of pitch two
The precarious summit block!
Dan completing the crux bulge on pitch four (the r...
Following the 3rd pitch
|Comments on Table for Two
|By Steven W. Johnson|
From: Tucson, Arizona
Jan 23, 2010
Climbed Table for Two a week ago. I led the even pitches, it was a lot of fun, especially the 4th pitch. The 2nd Heebee-Jeebee pitch was good, the question is... do you walk across the thin ledge or do you use your hands to hang from the ledge to cross it; it appears to be "to each his own". As is the style to the climbing in the area the protection can be spacey at times but there when you need it.
Dec 12, 2010
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI HVS 4c
Great route. Probably more like a 5.9 at it's hardest. Far more interesting than Wiley. Access is still delicate, so please be extra conscientious out there, and follow all the posted rules.
|By J Hunt|
Jan 4, 2013
Fun route. I agree with the description that the rock is mostly good, but we did have a couple non critical holds break off which kept it exciting for both the leader and the belayer.