Pioneer Route II 5.7 C1
Trip ReportPoineer Route Solo (kinda) 7/17/14
This was my first trip to Smith Rocks I was in the area for a wedding and had no partners to climb with so I chose to do a solo ascent of the Pioneer Route on Monkeys Face.
Pitch 1 was pretty strait forward some easy crack climbing to easy face with bolts to a big ledge called Bohn Street.
Pitch 2 the overhanging bolt ladder was the crux of the route I heard one of the bolts was missing but I really couldn't tell nor did I see any sign of a pulled bolt. There were a few reaches but I never had to top step my aiders.
To Save time Tom and Dave popped my directional knot for my solo belay and used my draws to climb pitch 2 witch saved me a lot of work also.
Pitch 3 the "panic point" pitch was very short with huge bucket holds after the step out of the monkeys mouth the panic is over and the fun climbing begins.
There were 2 Rappels off. The first one was easy The second Very exposed and free hanging.
Overall a fun day and a good intro to Smith Rocks.
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