Well protected slab route. Runs to the right of the regualr crack route a ways, and finishes in the same area. The start is marked by a rock cairn.
Eight pitches ranging from class four-ish blocks, to solid 5.8 friction climbing. This route was put up with the intent of allowing lots of climbers to enjoy it. Thusly, it is well protected, and not run out. All belays are bolted with large rap hangers so rapping the route is suggested. Two rope rappells. First ascent by Kevin Caudil and Alan Queen.
Topo coming soon...
Submitted by: elvislegs on 2008-09-06
Route ID: 56189
Very fun to be up there. We were bombarded by squirrels. The descent was not as bad as I'd heard, relatively easy to find. The down climb portion, about 1/3 down the trail, was not too difficult, but there are still fresh-ish slings on the trees above it if you feel you need them.
My father and I did our first multi-pitch climb on this route and it was a lot of fun. We started in the afternoon and by 4pm or so the sun had passed behind the rock so we weren't in the sun for too long, which was very nice. A good choice for folks who haven't done many multi-pitch climbs I think.
EDIT COMMENT My wife and I just did the Memorial Route. For the most part I really liked the climb, but, in my opinion, its more like solid 5.9 than a 5.8. I give the climb two out of three stars. If I do this climb again I will definitly bring a yellow or green alien for the roof. The move inst too hard, but I was at least 15 feet out at that point (so 30-40 footer was possible). I dont really think a new 5.8 leader would like this climb as they would be run out often at their limit. This climb, to me, is a 5.9 route for solid 5.10a/b leaders. Also, the last two pitches are a bit redundant (for those of us who tire of slab climbing easily) in that they are pretty much the same move over and over-put foot on nothing and stand up, repeat. A nice option would be to climb the memorial route to the top of pitch six (the crux) and then take the regular route to the top or rap from here. Two ropes to rap! The regular route is ten feet to the left at the top of pitch six
Fun cruiser route that can easily be simul climbed. Take lots of quickdraws to avoid having to skip bolts or belay too often. Goes quick this way. Also a good spot for simul/counter-weight rappelling to speed the descent.