Grade IV. One of the best multi-pitch 5.10s in North America. Shorter, but more sustained than the Scenic Cruise. Approach via the Cruise Gulley. This follows the huge left-facing dihedral system just left of Ament's Chimney. 300-400 feet of 3rd class gains the start. Pitch 1 has runout face climbing with instant exposure (5.9 R, do not fall!) to gain the dihedral system. The next 4-5 pitches are long pitches, with sustained climbing in the 5.10minus range. A definite crux (solid 5.10) comes on pitch 2 or 3 (depending on where you belay) exiting the chimney. Due to its sustained nature, this is a climb that should not be underestimated.
Submitted by: jcinco on 2003-11-24
Route ID: 26979
I've done this route twice, and enjoyed it both times. It was nice to get to lead what I followed the first time. The crux pitch is superb. The second time up, my belayer fell asleep while I was leading a pitch near the top. That's always fun.