Ascent Notes for: The Pulpit -
Average Rating : 4.27/5
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Bottom to top (P1 and P2 revisit)
Mostly fun and varied climbing from bottom to top and a bit different from many of the sometimes monotonous routes at Stone. Overall, a pretty safe route if you can avoid slipping on the easy runout sections. There are definitely some very nasty falls possible. It's really R, but it's probably more like PG-13 in the same way than an easy free solo is "relatively safe".
There were only a few spots where I was far away from gear and making a less than very easy move - in particular the traverse across the water streak on P3. I think I screwed up and went too high because I had to downclimb slightly to get to that anchor which was kind of tricky. Even though the features are a bit less good/obvious it might be better to cross the water streak lower. One could load up on gear (some mid to small nuts and/or a couple small cams) in the crack before the traverse - and should b/c it's all the gear you get the whole pitch. I clipped the off-route anchor out right on that pitch before the traverse but it may not be worth it since it had to be LONG, the move to the crack is very easy and it required a bit of a tricky move to get back down after clipping.
We accidentally split the 2nd to last pitch into P4 and 5 (guide says to clip the anchor and move on but we stopped). Next anchor is hidden behind the giant flake directly above the belay that looks like it'll take a large cam. Easy but runout climbing, hardest right off the belay. Partner got a mediocre small cam under a dubious flake, a pink tricam and that was it. In the next section I found a weird hole that might have taken a larger tricam but I didn't have one on me. Only pro I got was a cam in the flake right before the anchor.
Last pitch had a bit of a friction climb start but eased off after a little overlap, which takes sketchy small cam(s). Hike off through the woods to find your way back to the Arch topout area.