From Afghanistan: First Ascent, Pitch 4, of Osama Bin Leadin'
Pitch 4 of 4 from our August 9th, 2003 FA of "Osama Bin Leadin,'" which, while we randomly picked a line we thought would be easy, turned out to be a stellar route. This would also be the first FA I've ever done! Allow me to note that leading up something when you have no idea what you're going to run into or if you'll be able to get pro in leads to lots of anxiety. Pitch 1 went at 5.9, with a very small overhang/roof in the middle. Great pitch. Pitch 2 was a 5.8-ish chimney, and fun as well. Pitch 3 was a 5.2/4th Class scramble, and Pitch 4 (shown) went at about 5.10a. It actually goes slightly overhung (off vertical by about 5 degrees) at the top where the small and large cracks come together. This last pitch was also stellar. [Note: no one has confirmed these ratings, so it's more my guess. Were they in Yosemite Valley (e.g. compared to Reed's Direct), I'd drop them to 5.8, 5.7, 5.2, 5.9] I'll add more photos and a site description later, but overall this mid-sized rock-mountain that resembles the Prudential rock is going to be some hot shit FA's. [I'm the subject, and a Special Forces guy who would like to only be named as "Rob" was the photographer and follower, in hiking boots no less!]
|Photo Location:||Asia: Afghanistan: Southern: Gheebar_Rhahl_aka_Ghecko_Mtn|