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Salathe - 5.6

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Some bolts have been placed since the original lead but unknown how solid.
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From the notch between The Thumb and The hand, climb diagonally to the left to the obvious notch. The following excerpt is from Steve Roper's book "Camp Four";...Rarely did Salathe shine on a free pitch, but one exception is still legendary among California climbers. In February 1947 he led Dick Houston and Robin Hansen up the first ascent of The Hand, a scary and treacherous climb in Pinnacles National Monument, a volcanic region in west-central California. Placing three worthless protection pitons(ed. The cracks are not noticeable today) on this loose and exposed pitch, Salathe so frightened his partners that they traded off belay chores constantly, not wanting to be the belayer of record when the old fellow took his last fall.

Submitted by: polarwid on 2003-02-06
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Route ID: 11334