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Climb a shallow squeeze chimney (crux) up to a large ledge at the base of the main chimney. Climb this large chimney (4th class) to the top.
The upper two thirds of this route is a very obvious chimney that splits the west face of the rock.
Ben Larson leading West Chimney.
|By Darshan Ahluwalia|
From: Petaluma, CA
Nov 20, 2006
first thirty feet are kind of hard if you don't know how to chimney. easy, but not recommended for beginners due to the required technical chimneying and offwidth... even at 5.6 chimney/offwidth can be made hard.
|By Charles I.|
From: Boulder, CO
Nov 5, 2007
Just did this awesome route for the first time. This is defintely one of my favorite lines up IR.
From: Lakewood Colorado
Apr 30, 2010
best way to come down when soloing
|By Russ Walling|
May 1, 2010
I've found the Upper Right Ski Track to be an easier downclimb for a post solo descent. It does look hard and reeks of certain death, but it ain't. Granted, the hard part of the West Chimney is at the bottom, so the potential fall that a downclimber might take will be much more survivable than the absolute death one would get from pitching out of the Upper Right Ski Track at any point. YMMV.
May 1, 2010
As Russ said
|By Fat Dad|
From: Los Angeles, CA
Mar 7, 2012
I always found the SE Corner to be the mellowest downclimb (although I haven't checked this out).