This forgotten aid route, rated 6.8 in Eric Beck's 1963 guide, is likely the hardest aid problem in San Diego County. To quote the original description: "The nailing is continuously difficult and probably none of the pitons in the first twenty five feet would hold a fall". Located in the seams left of "Empathy", it was led hammerless and solo in 1976, without the two bolts added by the late Ken Cook a few weeks earlier. As a clean aid problem, the placements are devious, bodyweight only, above a certain groundfall.
Submitted by: pywiak on 2008-04-09
Route ID: 28865
This route looked hard and it really was. I would not lead this route. I set up a fixed line and self belayed with a mini traxion and some backup knots. After the first bolt it appears that some of the old placements have broken off so to get past it I rigged 2 hooks off some funky angles and equalized them into a V. To my amazement it held long enough to get past it and onto the next hook move. No hammers allowed so it should be C4.