The Drain Pipe
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Scrambling leads to a tree belay at the top of P1 of Gates of Delirium.
P1 Traverse right to ease to a bolt clip then very thin moves (exposed crux) to gain the bottom of the crack (nut/cam). The crack provides frantic trickiness of a different nature, past pitons to a ledge below the real Drain Pipe pitch.
P2 Laybacking and jamming with good pro, and in a wonderful position leads to a fitting finale: hand traverse right under Piasano Pinnacle, what a great pitch!
Same descent as Valhalla etc.
1 Bolt, 2 pitons, nuts, cams.
|Comments on The Drain Pipe
|By Chris Owen|
From: La Crescenta and Big Bear Lake
Feb 6, 2010
I gave it *** because I really enjoyed the second pitch. Pitch one was average.