climbed all 4 pitches today and it was a great time. Some of the pitches are long so definitely bring two ropes. We climbed to the top and walked off with only one 60m rope, but we would have been in a little bit of pickle if we needed to rap off (not our smartest idea). Also on the last pitch the second to last bolt has a pretty sizeable runout from the previous bolt. We traversed to a small crack / edge slightly to the right that was probably 5.8 and that made it less sketchy. Bring plenty of quickdraws especially for the last pitch (sorry can't remember how many on the last)
This climb was fantastic! Excellent protection, exciting moves; really good introduction to 10b slab. Certainly my hardest slab lead yet!
I climbed this route on June 26, 2010. There appears to be a new second pitch, but my partner was feeling the sun so we didn't do it. I want to go back and find out where it goes because it looks awesome! 3 bolts on this new pitch are visible in the early/noonday sun, but completely invisible in the mid afternoon sun.
Sunday March 29th I on-sighted Crystalline Passage on my first trip to THE VALLEY. I found it to be a GR8 endurance route. Don't look up for the finish just keep climbing and be sure to chug some water before you get on this long and sustained climb.
P.S. I would love to know who put this up.
Climbed this on Sunday, April 13, 2008. Very fun route, and I'd agree that it'd definitely be good training for Crest Jewel.
Currently there are no rap links on the bolt-anchor at the top of Bikini Beach Party, and you will need two 60 meter ropes to rappel directly to the ground from the Crystalline Passage anchor.
Also, FYI, a fist-sized rock fell from somewhere way above and smashed into some boulders near the base while we were starting to climb. Might want to wear a helmet.
Photo: Chris McNamara
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