I guess we need a definition for adjectives to be applied to length of runout, akin to the old definitions of A4, A5. I certainly wasn't trying to sandbag, just to encourage people who can do the 10d pitch to continue on and do the consensus "super good" 3rd pitch friction which everyone also seems to agree is in fact only 10a - and that only here and there as I recall it (fuzzily).
I would wholeheartedly support replacement of any original FA belay and protection bolts and hope that would get some more folks up there. It's a fine piece of a really good slab route, and having a comparatively not-very-hard but heads-up friction pitch adds a fun element to the route.
Mongrel must be sandbagging about that third pitch. The climbing is classic heady friction, super good but the protection is very vintage and not to be trusted and the runs are beyond moderate. This should be a prime candidate for an upgrade. In it's current condition it should be considered a don't fall pitch. I wouldn't want to put a hundred foot fall onto the belay bolts.
My '86 topo shows three bolts but I only found two from the '81 FA. Maybe I missed the other quarter-incher somewhere. What I found was a 50 ft runout off a 34 year old thin bolt.
I get the feeling most will rap from the second pitch anchors which is a shame cause this rig will take you to the top on beautiful stuff.
Second pitch add-on? Contrary to the slight misinformation in ST, it's at least a 3-pitch route, and the third pitch is nice climbing, very much worth doing albeit moderately run out. But since you will have cruised up the 10b and 10d pitches, 10a with less of a runout than other notable Tuolumne slab routes will be no problem. Finishes on easy ground with even some bolts on that pitch too. Enjoy!
Lead the first pitch yesterday......Not technically as hard as Footnote (maybe two letter grades easier) but sideways runouts and head factor make it about even. Crux is at sixth bolt. Did it in the mid-day sun like an idiot (same as when I lead footnote).....saving the second pitch add-on for a cooler time.
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