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Katie Goins leading the Nose.
A stand-out crack on the lower NW prow of the Citadel. This pitch makes an excellent start to the NW ridge route. The crux is the clean, slightly leaning crack, which requires a thin hands/finger sized move to gain a small ledge. Ignore the poot slings on the ledge and continue up the crack system on steep but easier face climbing. The angle then eases up and you can belay anywhere on the spacious ledge which is also the top of Finger Zinger.
The prominent crack is easy to spot, on the NW buttress of the Citadel. It's one of the first climbs visible from the approach. The start is around the corner from Finger Zinger slightly on the western face.
Standard alpine rack will suffice, and having some cams in the finger/small-hand size is good for the crux.
From: Columbia, MD
Mar 14, 2011
If you rap down from the slings over Finger Zinger, a 60m rope will NOT reach the ground...but it WILL reach a tree that you can climb down :)
So if you want to Top-rope FZ, you'll need a 70m rope.
|By Forrest Wilcox|
From: Las Cruces, NM
Aug 12, 2012
nice hand jamming at the crux, really fun lead