The classic crack on the west side (makes sense huh? )
of DAFF. start on a thin lieback, with a 5.9 face move. Take a nice handcrack to a roof (first pitch), go thru the roof into an OW section (5.8 or so), and on up to the top. *note* pitch 2 is listed as "wide", but do not fear! This requires ZERO offwidth climbing! You will find a sea of knobs next to the wide crack. Easy face climbing protected with big, bomber gear!
scramble/walk southeast or rap off over by Hogwash/Tips Ahoy. be careful rapping, most rap stations are not very bomber
Submitted by: baja_java on 2004-09-13
Last Modified: 2006-11-18
Route ID: 9211
California climbing eh? Tons of folks, even mid week/mid June. Led the roof pitch and it is fun. albeit a bit soft for Yosemite grades. Saw a young lady take an hour trying to get through it as a 2nd falling about a dozen times or so....when we caught up to her on the summit, she said she forgot how tough Yosemite grades were. I asked her where she was from, she said Davis, CA. Ok. In any regard, the moves are real positive through the roof. We call the crack above a fist crack in Zion, not off-width. I stayed in the crack at 5.8 or so vs climbing outside it. The last pitch was stellar for the grade, 5.7 mostly hand crack, not so much a finger crack as some have said.
Climbed with C.Green in 6 "pitches" with a 60m. Split p1 into two while climbing behind a party of 3. Crux moves at the bottom are committing, just trust your footwork. The finger section past the OW crack was really fun, but really hard on my toes. Got to improve @ fingercracks. The route can definitely be climbed in 4 comfortable pitches since there are plenty of places to set up belay stations.