The Holy Road
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Q and Jesse B on Holy Road
This climb is sweet!! Clip the Via Dolorosa anchors, and gaze up the slightly overhanging arete above you. Get psyched, crank on a jug to clip the first bolt, and you're off. Most of the climbing is on the right side of the arete, but get creative, you might like what you find around the corner. Super fun, thought provoking arete climbing. The crux is toward the top, but there are several tricky sections depending on how you use the arete. Move out right onto the face to clip the chains.
Rock quality on The Holy Road is pretty good for the most part. There are a few slightly crumbly sections, but it will clean up really nicely. This is Smith, a little crumble factor increases the fun!
The Holy Road climbs the steep arete above Via Dolorosa, and the Testament Slab. Start with any of the base area routes (recommended start is Nightingale's on Vacation)and continue to the highest set of anchors on the slab. The optional blue/yellow TCU may be helpful here. The climbing is easy, but the rock is not confidence inspiring. You are now at the base of Via Dolorosa. Climb this short pitch, and link it with the steep arete above!! You can lower to the top of Testament Slab with a 70M rope. You MAY be able to lower with a 60M, but have your belayer tie into the other end just in case.
Draws: 12-14 if linking with Via Dolorosa.
Optional: 1 blue, 1 yellow TCU
Brand new chain anchors.
BETA PHOTO: Climbers on Holy Road, viewed from the base
BETA PHOTO: Topo map of Holy Road