100 feet of overhanging quartzite. More than half the moves are unique, and the remainder links up some of the Garden’s best climbing. Due to the high concentration of existing routes no additional bolts were required for this line, but expect it to be a bit more run out than the others. Climb the first 4 bolts of Depth of Field and then begin the leftward traverse which rises through juggy terrain to eventually reach The Benefactor’s 3rd bolt. Traverse into Mellow Gold and charge through a long series of difficult moves taking you to a good rest at the 12a’s 5th bolt, then merge to the crux of Pitbulls for the finish. You can lower to the ground with a 60m rope.
15 bolts plus anchors.
Long (24”+) runners are recommended on some bolts near the end to prevent rope drag. However, on one ascent, Mellow Gold’s 3rd bolt and the 12a’s 4th bolt were skipped just to save energy, inadvertently eliminating the need for long runners on the route. This option is probably PG-13.
view from near the finish
Jun 15, 2012
ahhh..a girdle traverse, a tradition close to my heart.