Anyone been on Hotline this season?

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micronut

Trad climber
Aug 28, 2012 - 12:06pm PT
Hard core, man!
Well done.
"Never had such brutal climbs before...." Awesome quote!
pvalchev

Social climber
Mountain View, CA / Calgary, AB
Oct 17, 2012 - 11:15pm PT
Bump - thanks for the beta and photos! Everyone should do Hotline - the pitch 2 (or pitch 3 in original book) hand crack is orgasmic! Best 5.10 crack in the valley?

Pitch 1 - super fun spare the loose blocks, we aided the traverse (and the body length below it - damn, hard!) Pitch 2 - no words can describe it. Pitch 4/5 I linked (our 3rd pitch), but wished I saved my #3 for the end - 5.8 fists to the belay at the end. That pitch felt similar to Gripper's first pitch, easier but not by much and also had some loose blocks. Rapped from there, a nice afternoon. Have to return for the last pitch. I wish we traversed right & rapped like Clint described (and did that other splitter) - rappelling down the route there is a potential for ropes to get stuck on the first rappel - as can be witnessed by 3-4 kinds of ropes stuck behind a block. We had no issues, but were a bit nervous.

We didn't find the trail on the way up at all after crossing the river (there are too many "monster boulders" in my opinion), bushwhacked a bit (30-40 mins), on the way down it was easy to follow and very quick.

The amazing Hotline hand crack from the approach. Wow!
The amazing Hotline hand crack from the approach. Wow!
Credit: pvalchev
The first pitch roof - 5.10 awesome &#40;but there are some loose bloc...
The first pitch roof - 5.10 awesome (but there are some loose blocks/care needed lower down pitch)
Credit: pvalchev
It does not get much better than that! You don't really need to put an...
It does not get much better than that! You don't really need to put any gear on the whole pitch, bomber hand crack!
Credit: pvalchev
Pitch 4 &#40;our pitch 3&#41;
Pitch 4 (our pitch 3)
Credit: pvalchev
End of pitch 3 &#40;where we rapped&#41;
End of pitch 3 (where we rapped)
Credit: pvalchev
cultureshock

Trad climber
Mountain View
Oct 31, 2012 - 02:28pm PT
Bump for hotline. Super cool route, was actually popular this past weekend.


Werner, can you fill in some history on the 12a fingers variation you did?

Sweet photo of Kauk on Hotline.
Sweet photo of Kauk on Hotline.
Credit: Patagonia.com

 Luke
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