On Saturday April 20, 2013 Bill McConachie, Frank Baker, & I spent the day on the Hogsback doing It's better with bacon
(combined ages of 177 y). I had not done either route but Bill & Frank had done both of these fine routes. It was a warm, spectacular day with a light breeze and we had the place to ourselves. We did It's better with bacon
in 5 (short ~ 100 ft) pitches and rapped the route in 3 raps w/two 60 m ropes. Bill donated a 1/2-inch tubular runner for a rap anchor on the tree at the top.
P1 (5.6): 2 thin (20 mm to 1.5 cm) en echelon cracks that take 1 or 2 nano stoppers.
P2 (5.6): bolts on face w/ thin dikes
P3 (5.7): lieback crack and face w/thin dikes
P4 (5.8): diehedral, some face & 1 roof
P5 (5.8): pass a couple of roofs to the top.
Looking up the route from the base.
Bill on P1
Me clipping the 1st bolt on P2
Frank on P2 (Photo Bill McC)
Frank leading P3
Bill belaying Frank on P4
Looking down to Bill from the lip of one of the roofs on P5
My cohorts on top of the Hogsback with Traveler Buttress in the distance.
Frank leading Hogwild
...one of the finest 5.7 pitches at the Leap. (Photo Bill McC)
All in all it was a great day on the hog.