| Safety Rating
varied but a bit sketchy in places
A friend and I followed a guide up this route. I don't have a lot of gear beta as a result plus our guide was pretty fearless with the runouts :) We did it in 6 pitches if I recall. No bolts. The rock was decent at the beginning with a few less than solid holds, but as we got higher it seemed to get sketchier in general. Near the top I broke of a fist sized piece of the rounded white stuff while barely gripping it and nearly dropped it. I also kept crushing footholds right and left... very unnerving. The worst bit was climbing up the chimney/flare pitch (perhaps off route? more about that below) where the footholds were crumbling and there wasn't much gear (unless you had a set of at least 4 or so big cams) and the flakes that looked like appealing hand holds kept flexing under the least bit of weight. I followed this b/c I though maybe I might want to try leading it later, but I think I might stay away given the runouts on dubious rock... at least the way we went up. Maybe the real route would have felt safer.
While we were heading up a second guide-client group came up behind us and told our guide he might be off route after the 3rd class pitch (we hadn't gone far enough left). This is what led us into territory I would consider a bit runout and scary on lead. We started up the face until a finger crack appeared, which was fine but then we hit the big flaring crack that continued for most of the remainder of the pitch. We chimneyed up with minimal gear (here's where the big cams would have been useful) on rather crumbly rock in places. Not deadly, but with the lack of gear it made me nervous. From there we ended up following a much smaller crack and that is where the belay was. I think after that we got converged with Myster Z again but not having been there before it's hard to say. The top pitches became substantially easier and a bit less rewarding. Eventually it turned into a hike up the slabs to the brownstone wall (which is a pretty awesome area actually).
The hike down the slabs and through the scrambly boulder field was no big deal; I kept my climbing shoes on. It was time consuming though, 45 min or so to get back to the start of this route. Wouldn't want to do it in the dark.
Nice views of Crimson Chrysalis and Geronimo all the way up. Had a hard time seeing folks on CC although we kept hearing them, at least until I realized how huge that pillar was - they looked like ants when we found them! Very hard to judge the scale.