Pretty cool rock. Took a variation that earned me a nut and a biner someone bailed off of. Its straight up before traversing directly left on p3... up next to a tree through some steeper stuff then traversing left higher into pitch 4. pretty classic and more direct than the original... better? not sure. but looks better. Harder? maybe... jugs either way. A great line to free solo since the hike is a pain even without weight.
Led first 3 pitches which we mistakingly turned into 4 stopping on the first tree ledge. Felt weary of the moves off the deck on the actual 4th pitch seeing a nasty fall potential so swung the last 2 pitch leads. Overall I felt the climb is much more difficult than 5.6 though we did have large packs and tired before we started
First larger multipitch- perfect except for the return
fantastic climb - hideous return since we couldn't find trail off buttress and had to bushwack for six hours up mtn. made it to car at 230am. Trail evidently goes back left along top of cliff along ampitheater, NOT along top of ridge! I lead first three pitches - Lyn led last two. one short fall by me after getting off route on last pitch night climbing.