I had figured it was solid for the grade way back in the 90s when I lead it onsight. But last time I was on it, was a TR, so it felt pretty good even though I thought it was hard to get past the initial bolts. For some reason I recall that if you misread the sequence you could make it really hard. Kingpin, were hitting Table Mtn tomorrow if you're down.
This climb was harder than I thought it would be. The first 40' consists of sustained 5.10 slab moves, with the exception of an easy mantel. The lower half of the 5.6 crack is stellar but the upper half is rotten with marginal protection, though fortunately easy. The final 10' is a tricky, nearly holdless 5.8 trough, but fortunately it is well protected by a solid 1" cam at its base (I apparently overlooked the slot for threading a sling), and is the first bomber protection for about 40'. The hanging belay is miserable.
as of two days ago there was an intrusive tree branch that was scraping against the first 15 feet of unprotected slab climbing on this route. i was about 10 feet up this going full blast for the bomber ledge when said tree branch reached down and plucked my left contact lense from my eye . i didn't feel a thing , i just couldn't see sh#t . i was infuriated at the malicious branch , i jumped down in a fit of rage and ripped the foliage from the tree so that it could bother no one else.
i came back two hours later with a new lense and fired the route .
Photo: Chris McNamara
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