The Prow starts by climbing out the left hand wall of a shallow cave to a nice stance below the steep headwall. Climb the fingers to hands crack to the rim. Make a gear anchor (Red and Gold Camalot size) or run the rope way back to the trees.
This is my favorite 5.9 at West Elden.
The Prow is about 40 yards north (Left) of the Deception Cracks. The route is very easy to walk right by. Keep an eye out for a large cave. The route climbs out the left side of this cave.
1 set stoppers
1 x #0 TCU (Purple Metolius)
1-2 x #1 TCU (Blue Metolius)
1-2 x #2 TCU (Yellow Metolius)
Doubles Purple through Gold Camalot
|By Tavis Ricksecker|
From: Bishop, ca
Aug 22, 2007
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a
This is a really good route! Steep and juggy at the crux! For pro I used many stoppers (#4-#8 or so) plus 1 ea #.5, #.75, #1 camalot, and 2x#2 camalot for the anchor.
|By Colin Cox|
Feb 24, 2011
Excellent climb. One of the best lines at West Elden. Recommended.
|By Paul Davidson|
Mar 8, 2011
And one of the original Baxter test pieces of the area.
FA - Scott Baxter early 70's ? (perhaps even late 60's ?)
His partner might have been Lee Dexter on this one.
Someone should ask Scott.