The easiest way to find Bowling Pin Arch is to look through Elephant Arch from the east side. Bowling Pin is obviously framed from this perspective. Get back on the highway and find some dirt tracks leading out to a large farm south of BP and follow it left around to the north side of the arch. The crack is the most obvious route,left of the arch and wonderfully shaded. The first pitch is some gritty face moves followed by a nice long hand jam. From the belay the route can be finished by scrambling up the gully then across the summit ridge, or challenge your better judgement by traversing directly out onto the crumbling east face and set up another belay just under the summit-cap overhangs. Much to my Saudi partner's disbelief, I protected this 5.9 move over the disintigrating caprock by clipping my rucksack to the rope below my tie-in and tossing it as far over the cap as I could - hoping it would catch on something. Damn canyoneering has really ruined my climbing style...and I'm sure Mubarak is still having nightmares. Descent: We simulrappeled this one using two 60m ropes.
Submitted by: mudmaster on 2006-03-07
Route ID: 74939