|Upper Tier of The Grotto
Start at a two bolt belay found 20' over the anchors for Ken's Shitty Route. Start on some very exposed 5.10 climbing on lesser quality rock for about 40' to a wicked stretchy and airy traverse out to the right side arete(crux), to some more exposed gnarly thin climbing up edges and thin cracks. 13 bolts total to a two bolt anchor. An exposed arete adventure.
The northern skyline arete feature on the upper tier of the east wall of The Grotto. Accessed by climbing K.S.R.
15 quickdraws to a springer anchor and a 60 meter rope minimum to get off.
|By Rick Bradshaw|
From: Los Alamos, NM
Apr 16, 2008
Don't claim victory too soon on this one, the harder crux in my opinion is above the traverse negotiating the thin terrain after the crack peters out closer to the top. Fun movement combined with exposed and picturesque climbing.