|By Mark Pell|
Mar 22, 2012
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b
This route was put in by the late Kirk Holladay and is highly recommended for those who like thin, strenuous face climbing. Continuing the trend on this end of the Choppin' Block, it is steeper, harder and more sustained than the climb to its immediate left. It also features a somewhat technical crux just below the anchor and may require a bit of last-second creativity to flash it before burning off. Good rock and high overall quality of movement from start to finish combined with nice bolt locations for a safe on-sight lead. Your success will relate to your ability to read the moves quickly and not waste time on 'sucker' holds passing the first two bolts. Like many 5.10 routes at POB, this climb may feel hard for the grade depending on conditions. Enjoy this one and remember Kirky!