Could be Greg although there was a bolt just about in line with the first Erret belay then a bolt (old bolts) over the vertical bulge to a two bolt anchor. But then a bolt about 10' up and then nothing for a while. Hmmm. Does anyone have a topo? Clint? Could add it to bolt replacement when I'm back that way.
Did the route you climb have an old rusty 2-bolt belay (about 25' up and left from the first anchor on Errett Out), then a rusty 1/4" maybe 80 feet higher to the left protecting the steep section? If so that's Repo Man (FA Chris Falkenstein, Tom Herbert, '85). I'm pretty sure that Errett accidentally retrobolted the start of Repo Man when he started what would later be Errett Out (since Repo Man starts by traversing left up the dike - so you'd climb right by at least one bolt on Errett Out). Grant started a direct start to Repo Man years ago (should be one or two bolts above the horizontal crack at the bottom, probably about 40-70' left of the start of Errett Out, first bolt maybe 60-80 feet up?).
Several hugely runout routes have been done between Errett Out and the routes around Blitzo's Balcony, some back in the day, some recently. I don't think any of the recent ones used any bolts (not sure on that though).
The second pitch is, hands down, one of the best easy/moderate knob pitches I've ever done. A long pitch arching up and right, well-bolted at the start and increasing more sporty at the end. The final bolt and belay are difficult to spot while out on the sharp end -- you've just gotta' have faith! Third pitch is worth doing, although only found three of the four bolts listed in the guidebook.
Also to note: the right bolt hanger at second, and exposed, belay is a spinner.
Hmmmm. Climbed the same day Surfstar was there. Greg, you know the area really well. Followed some folks up Erret out and decided to traverse way to the left to some run-out climb that went over a vertical edge well below the head wall bulge. What is it? Was fun.
Edit: Couldn't find it in the guidebook.
Is this the same route as "Errett Out"? Grant and Co were out the day we climbed that line; they were working on another, between it and Holdless Horror. Grant explained that he finished up EO after seeing that one of Errett's lower off 'biners had remained in the same place for a couple of years. Apparently, Errett was going it solo, which explains the number of bolts off the starting ledge.
EO follows a black streak - more of a grey streak, actually - with peanut sized knobs. Although, at 5.7, it's not difficult, the knobs had sort of a brittle feel to them, and so we bailed from the top of the 1st pitch (not counting the 40 foot friction approach pitch). What with the additional traffic this line's probably seen by now, I'd imagine much looseness has been eliminated.
The line Grant was on that day, actually "coaching" his partners from the ground due to another arm injury, went up golden rock, and looked a lot cleaner, and steeper.
Optional cam placement on first pitch isn't really needed (to protect second from swing) and adds drag. Sling one of the first anchor bolts long to reduce drag and there's no need for an 'approach' pitch of 40'.
Second pitch is long with awesome knobs and full-value for the grade.
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