|West Ridge - part C - Pony Express to Long John
Wow! What a great, little, hidden gem. Just right of Hyperspace Roundup and left of Mail Ridge's 1st pitch is a great little 110' pitch connecting 3 cracks successively left of the last. 3 cruxes (somewhat strenuous) at 10b/c, 8+, 8+. Little alcove protected from some wind at the base. Goes up directly to a tree with slings and a ring. No star in either Rossiter guide, but it's a diamond in the rough.
FWIW, it felt much easier than Super Slab, Art's Spar, Tagger, Krystal Klyr, for comparison purposes.
Standard Eldo rack.
Lenny protecting the crux.
Placing gear for the first crux.
At what we found to be the second crux. It eases ...
|Comments on variation to Mail Ridge
|By Ivan Rezucha|
From: Fort Collins, CO
Feb 16, 2003
This IS very nice. It should have a name. How about Special Delivery, keeping the mail theme?
I thought it was quite hard. I stopped halfway through the overhang with my hand on the bucket and tried to place a cam. I ended up lowering to the ground 4 times getting the gear in.
You can rap after the hard stuff from 2 bolts on the left, but the steep corner above is very nice. I was very tired by then, so it felt hard, but 8+ might be right as Leo says. Above that is easier for a while to a fun bulge. We angled left from there through the red band, past trees to finish on Lightning Crack.
|By S. Kimball|
Feb 19, 2003
How about calling it "Going Postal"...obviously they lost their marbles labeling it 5.10b/c. Ivan, I got licked on this one too! Stamp it 5.10+ then send it....
|By david goldstein|
May 13, 2006
One move wonder. Did this immed. after HC Direct and before Zip Code and found both those routes superior.
|By Shane Z|
Dec 11, 2008
This variation felt 5.10+++ in my opinion. I remember protecting the crux with a #0.5 Camalot and falling.
|By Tony B|
From: Around Boulder, CO
Dec 13, 2008
rating: 5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b
I bet it has a name, and I bet Levine knows it, which is to say, I suspect that it will be in the next book. Steve???