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Sport climber
Venice, Ca
May 14, 2008 - 12:40pm PT
I doubt any two parties have climbed that route exactly the same way. Great pics of a notoriously hard (too dark) route to photograph.

the Fet

Knackered climber
A bivy sack in the secret campground
May 14, 2008 - 02:21pm PT
Great TR.

It's funny how the cruxes (chimneys) on these old routes still command respect and are hard to send today, but were put up so long ago. Salathe and Nelson were badass.

Social climber
The West
May 14, 2008 - 04:28pm PT
I'll weigh in, Le Bruce.
We did steck salathe in just under 8hrs camp to camp,
The LA Chimney took somewhat longer (didn't time it) but we were back in camp well before dark, maybe 10hrs? for the whole loop(with Jug lines fixed the day before, and one of us cracked their pelvis)

The Direct? Why pass up campgrounds like those ledges? A spectacular balcony penthouse, every four pitches. We made coffee on every one, until I accidently threw the coffee pot away, d'oh! But we found it, at the base.

We also met friends on top and camped there the last night, a storm moved in or we would have done the tip.

Great routes, however you get up them!

Trad climber
Somewhere, CA
May 14, 2008 - 04:40pm PT
What would folks think of someone coming up from the bottom and replacing the old 1/4" bolts along the way? Absolutely no new holes. Perhaps ignore the ones that can take a big-bro next to it.

Given the history of the route, there's no way I could rap down it. But from the bottom up?

Trad climber
May 14, 2008 - 08:53pm PT
Damn that's friggin ballsy leading most of the crux moves with hardly any pro shee! Nice job. The safety valve with no/minimal pro and the pitch 9 squeeze without pro either....scares me thinking about it the route was bold enough, pulling the runout crux with those 2 most sketchy bolts ever. I was curious if they might even hold for body weight. Yeah bent down hanging halfway out the rock with spinning hangers? I've also watched an old leeper hanger slow motion crack in half and fold before my eyes as part of a fixed anchor on elcap while my bro was jugging so maybe I'm extra sketched. Bold bold guys! Yeah more people should get on this route.

We thought that traverse thing was weird/awkward funky as hell too. Is there a better way? I remember leaning over off a little flake clipped to a old fixed pin to a long stepping heel toe foot jam and slamming in one of the big cams. I was wondering if some badass might ever just try to free that offwidth straight up from the bottom there. The only decent enough to feel ok if we did fall pro we got on the crux pitches were the #6 friend and a 4 bro. Pitch 9 was the burl dog crux, but not as scary for us! Nice TR.


right here, right now
May 14, 2008 - 09:17pm PT

Trad climber
May 15, 2008 - 11:32pm PT
I re-set my adjustable chimney to 9 1/2 inches just to train for this climb. It climbs pretty well. Maybe I need to grease it.

Trad climber
May 16, 2008 - 09:59am PT


Ocean of dreams....
May 16, 2008 - 12:17pm PT
Great TR Salamanizer.

My palms are still sweating.

Kudos to Mike for the crux work, and kudos to you for those most excellent photos!
Gene Pool

Trad climber
A trailer park in Santa Cruz
May 17, 2008 - 07:37pm PT
Yee haw!! Looks fun and scary. You better lead me up some scary s*%t this summer mike. Are you sure we are related? I think you were adopted.

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
May 19, 2008 - 03:35pm PT
Damn Mike (and Chad), nice work! Great pics.

Hey Mr. T, do you know you know this kid? ha ha... take a closer look at the picture.... :)

have fun, be safe

Trad climber
Somewhere, CA
May 21, 2008 - 01:01am PT
I think your picture didn't show up. Is it of a tie-off that goes clunk at 10:03PM at the base of the leaning tower?
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
May 21, 2008 - 01:07am PT
An excellent trip report, of a route with some fabled but rarely photographed pitches.

Perhaps there's a public service project somewhere in it - some cleanup plus (very cautious) anchor replacement?

Trad climber
Sacramento, CA
May 24, 2008 - 03:12pm PT
Celebratory beers and women waited for us on the top... What motivation.


Trad climber
Sep 30, 2009 - 03:58am PT
Mango like.

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Sep 30, 2009 - 08:29am PT
Great TR! Those pictures bring back memories. Kinda old school, wasn't it. I also remember it as physical but not scary.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
Why'djya leave the ketchup on the table?
Sep 30, 2009 - 08:36am PT
Thanks Sali great TR and proud send!


Oakland, CA
Feb 1, 2012 - 08:00pm PT
These pics are incredible.

Trad climber
Golden, CO
Feb 1, 2012 - 08:26pm PT
Very nice! Been showing my wife the pics.

Feb 1, 2012 - 09:03pm PT
Everyone should be made to do the Lost Arrow Chimney route to get spanked.

It will humble anyone ....
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