To RB or Not To Be
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Fun and well-protected moderate face climbing for a long pitch, with a tricky slab crux at the end with blind foot holds. Many of the features are fragile: patina flakes, edges, jugs, coconino tunnels, and a muffin, enjoy them but tread lightly..
While it may seem like a lot of effort of an approach for just one pitch, the climbing is of high quality. Combine that with exposure, isolation, position and views, it might be worth a visit.
Approach on the Call of the Canyon trail of the West Fork. After the 3rd creek crossing, head northwest across the fern meadow as you would for the approach to the Serial Pillar and Engagement. But at the top of the red rock band go right up the least of the bushwacky draws to the base to the wall. Continue around the corner to the NE side and scramble to a large pine and base of the route.
a dozen quickdraws and a 70m rope!
BETA PHOTO: Approach is outlined in Green. Break off the Call ...
BETA PHOTO: the first pitch climbs to about midway of the far ...
BETA PHOTO: Another view of the formation. You can see the big...
|Comments on To RB or Not To Be
|By Darren Mabe|
From: Flagstaff, AZ
Jun 24, 2013
I had originally envisioned the route to go for another pitch or so and top out on the formation, but didn't work out that way. The first pitch by itself is nearly 3 stars in a 4-star setting!