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Ascent Notes for: Choco-Latte - 5.7 Average Rating = 4.00/5 Average Rating : 4.00/5

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  Difficulty 5.7
  Safety Rating R
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Onsight Onsight ascent by: robrox on 2004-09-27 (View Climbing Log)

4 out of 5 stars Choco-Latte provides adventure climbing

A friend and I had started on the South Face 200 feet above the start of this line and went a different way to the top at the traverse. Determined to find more interesting and longer pure rock sections I returned to the South face a year and a month later. I stayed at the Pennacook Shelter so my appraoch was not entirely via the Liberty Trail.

I bushwhacked a few minutes above the Jim Liberty Cabin to a 30-meter face. Rope soloed that at 5.3 and from the top I got a look at brush and faces above.

Pushed through the brush to reach a third class ledge. Walked right to the base of an 8 meter 5.4 wall below the first real climbing. Bouldered that and bushwhacked to the next wall to set the anchor for a right running 5.7 horizontal crack traverse at or beyond vertical. Some small trees were slung above the greatest exposure just before the crux transition to a more rising traverse. One solid piece after that to a runout before the next two pieces. The pitch finished with a 5.5 mantle to the blueberries and around a dead tree (35 feet past a #4 stopper). The pitch used 55 meters of rope.

A short rightwards bushwhack gained the base of the ChocoLatte face. The start was very exciting as I couldn't see any pro and it was 5.7 or better for 20 feet. Good pro was found at 20 feet, followed by 50 meters of 5.5 in runnel cracks on very slabby ground to gain good anchors below a blocky overhang.

The last pitch began with a scramble over the blocky bits, with one pinch slung for pro above the anchor and ran out another 35 feet to a thin overlap at the base of the Latte section. A fall would have been bad but it was easy walking on a sun dappled slab to the overlap crack, where I got in a TCU. It remained very easy walking to the top of the crag with three pieces over the last 30 meters.

Added: 2010-06-11

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