i only got up the first 3 pitches, onsighted 1&2, got worked on 3! hung about 6 times, super techy, hard for me to figure out but all there. The 2nd pitch is one of my favorite pitches ever, the iron cross is so fun!
Did this last weekend after getting to the base of the rostrum only to see that the first four pitches of the route were choked with 4 parties, with another above.
What a great route! Consistently steep and intriguing climbing, surprisingly varied, and above all-fun! The Dan and Sue definitely had the vision.
I found pitch 2 to be kinda tricky and hard at 11a, with 2 distinct cruxes, revolving around the iron cross move, and working your way up a quite slopey vertical rail.
Pitch 3 was the clear crux for me, surprisingly finding it to be harder than pitch 5. Very sustained crimping, slightly difficult to read, and fairly beta intensive. I busted some very hard moves while leading, but my partner found a much easier sequence as he followed, depending on a very small, but positive foothold. This pitch definitely gives rests right where you need them.
Pitch 4 involved some fun hand traversing, followed by a short, steep prow with a finger crack, leading to a traverse on good holds over a roof, then a fun seam lieback with big footholds.
Pitch 5 was my favorite: cool exposure with pumpy climbing up locker first knuckle seams to an exiting roof at the very top. Tricky crack transitions and pumpy, steep climbing.
In all, a real unknown gem of a route with excellent rock. A nice, stress-free outing. Above all... insanely fun. Surprised you don't have to get in line for this one!
Chapel Wall overview
Photo: Chris McNamara
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