Soul Garden-New Route on Mt Watkins FFA:Leary,Haden,Carter


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Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
Jul 6, 2014 - 12:34pm PT
Looks nice. Location seems to be left of the South Face,
maybe near Hook, Line and Sinker.
Look forward to seeing more about it.

[edit to add:]
OK, I see now. Both the South Face and Tenaya's Terror veer out left
of the big tower seen in the first photo.
(So Soul Garden is not left of the South Face).
The Alpine

Topic Author's Reply - Jul 6, 2014 - 01:00pm PT
I just wanted to clarify that I had nothing to do with this route/ascent. I merely copied it from Jimmy's facebook feed.

Apparently the line does indeed follow Tenayas Terror after Sheraton Watkins - with a few variations.
Vitaliy M.

Mountain climber
San Francisco
Jul 6, 2014 - 03:00pm PT
Great post, thank u for sharing

Big Wall climber
Jul 6, 2014 - 03:08pm PT

So psyched for these guys, the beautiful free route, and the completion of Sean's fantasy. I love the route name.

Sean and I spent a ridiculous amount of absolutely peaceful days together out at Watkins lapping the South Face, working our separate projects, and flying high and free in one of the most beautiful places in the known universe: Tenaya Canyon.

I hope no one else has to die young for me or someone else to get motivated and send free the Bob Locke Memorial Buttress.

I'm currently completely out of shape for anything except scrubbing floors, and too distracted by a human creation project(and associated working for $) to make any headway on rock climbing projects of this magnitude. I hope to rally back someday and do both of these amazing Watkins free climbing experiences.

Love Jake

(Just so everyone knows, Jimmy is a complete badass and crushes ridiculously hard even after months of no climbing and just pulling strings around football stadiums, drinking beer, and dream surfing hotel beds.)

Big Wall climber
Jul 6, 2014 - 03:32pm PT
Credit: JakeW
Credit: JakeW
Erik Sloan

Jul 6, 2014 - 07:53pm PT
tinker b

the commonwealth
Jul 7, 2014 - 04:21am PT
scrolling down and coming to the picture of sean gave me goose bumps.

the passage he wrote was so beautiful.

amazing job jimmie... what an amazing tribute. proud.

and jakey looking forward to seeing the kind of mishcief your baby project and finn stanley get into up there... good work on the daddy prep.

Stewart Johnson

lake forest
Jul 7, 2014 - 05:44am PT
Bad Climber

Jul 7, 2014 - 05:53am PT
Holy cats, that's great.

Well done, lads. You did Sean proud.


Gym climber
sawatch choss
Jul 7, 2014 - 11:01am PT
Thanks folks.


dark places
Jul 7, 2014 - 11:18am PT
Beautiful in every way.

Truckee, CA
Jul 7, 2014 - 02:35pm PT
Nice work Jimmy, proud and grand. Lets have a beer and a shepherds oven soon.

Social climber
Jul 7, 2014 - 02:52pm PT
This is really awesome! Thanks for posting!
Larry Nelson

Social climber
Jul 7, 2014 - 06:09pm PT
Great post, great tribute. Thanks for sharing.
The Alpine

Topic Author's Reply - Jul 10, 2014 - 10:44am PT
This thing is begging for a repeat.

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Jul 10, 2014 - 11:25am PT
This thing is begging for a repeat.

"Not by me." said Captain 5.10b........

South Face of Watkins. One of my favorite places in this world, even though I've only done the standard route.

Wow. Good job you guys!

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Jul 10, 2014 - 01:07pm PT
Wow! Thanks for linking the write up of a great effort and tribute.

gee double

victor idaho
Jul 16, 2014 - 10:09am PT
Tremendous ! Much respect and appreciation...Is there a topo available ?

Trad climber
Jul 17, 2014 - 09:43am PT
A very fitting tribute. Incredible. After just losing a friend and partner I needed very much to be reminded of those words from Sean.

Trad climber
'cross the great divide
Jul 17, 2014 - 10:28am PT
Sean's words are remarkably wise.
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