With the leaves changing color at this time of year, the Park was packed. We started out around 9:30 and beat the crowds, climbing with partner Evan. The views from the top were awesome, with sunny skies, no wind and temps in the 50s-60s. As it warmed up, ladybugs swarmed the South Face!
I lead all pitches for my mother as a birthday present since this was the one climb that she had always wanted to do. I generally only climb this route when taking someone for the first time. I like to climb it with as little protection as possible. Other than slinging trees and using the belays, the only additional protection that I used was a single cam on pitch three where the crack becomes thinner.
had led this one a bunch. thought that a wet p2 wouldn't affect me. it was running with pine needles everywhere. took a 15' or so fall rounding the top of the outcrop and left some skin up there. note to self, leave it alone when wet and pine needles...
Have climbed this several times a decade or so. It's just a fantastic, fun, well-exposed, safe and solid mega-classic route. A MUST-CLIMB if you're going to spending time at Stone Mtn. Have climbed it year 'round! (I prefer the block route to get to the great ledge)