Vern S. belaying atop the crux pitch on Liquid Sky (5.11c)
This very challenging and runout 3 pitch climb established by M. Lechlinski, R. McClenahan, R. Carson, A. Olobri, and M. Gingery (6/83)is on the west face of The Magician. Small to medium stoppers and cams protect discontinuous crack systems. Seven 1/4" bolts protect the face climbing sections. The first pitch (5.10+) begins in a right arching crack that ends 20' from the ground. One bolt protects moves to another crack that ends at the belay. The crux is a very difficult 6' traverse across a blank steep face to a corner near the end of the 2nd pitch. A bolt protects the inital moves. The third pitch is relatively easy (5.9+) and ends on a large ramp that leads to the fire lookout. The photo was taken by Tara Stiefel below and west of the fire lookout.
|Photo Location:||North_America: United_States: California: Western_Sierra: Needles: The_Magician|