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The Walker Spur - 5.10b

Average Rating = 4.00/5 Average Rating : 4.00 out of 5
Route sequence (left to right): 14
Route Summary | Ascent Notes (3)
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Rock (Trad)
Standard rack- bring extra 1" stuff for the second pitch.
Consensus Ratings
  Difficulty 5.10b
  Safety Rating PG13
  Exposure 4.50/5
  Rock Quality 4.00/5
  Scenery 3.50/5
  Fun Factor 4.50/5


This route ascends the striking crack on the prominent arete on the left side of Mescalito's east face. Start on the face down and right of the arete. Pitch 1: Climb the broken face up and left to a bolt. Climb straight up to a finger crack and follow this to a bolted belay. 5.10, 140' Pitch 2: Step left onto the face and climb up to the crack above. Ascend the crack to a pod with a bolt. 5.9, 140' Pitch 3: Continue up the crack to a ledge. 5.8, 60'. From here, either continue upward to finish Cat in the Hat or traverse west to rappel Cat in the Hat.

Descent Options:

Rappel Cat in the Hat.

Submitted by: flamer on 2007-05-17
Views: 1225
Route ID: 57345

3 Ascents Recorded

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  Difficulty 5.10b
  Safety Rating G
  Rock Quality
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: dowww on 2012-02-19 (View Climbing Log)

4 out of 5 stars Walker Spur

Yosemite? I don't know about that (re: comment below). The 2nd pitch is actually the good pitch. It comprises of surprisingly good rock on this section of Mescalito pulling a small roof with a long mellow hand crack. The arete to gain the roof is a bit run out but with two bomber placements. I advise not clipping the directional (2012) bolt above the first belay as I predict the hanger to potentially fail causing a shock load. Rather direct off of the solid belay bolts. The first pitch has the crux move up a thin crack above an ankle busting ledge, but the few moves are well within the grade. The third pitch is sort of a typical 5th class junker to gain a huge ledge where you can down climb to hook into the final three single rope raps on Cat in the Hat.

Added: 2012-02-20

  Difficulty 5.10c
  Safety Rating PG13
  Rock Quality
  Fun Factor
Onsight Onsight ascent by: vegastradguy on 2007-05-06 (View Climbing Log)

4 out of 5 stars Classic!

Spectacular climbing, especially pitch 1, but the upper pitches are not to be missed!

Added: 2007-05-06

Onsight Onsight ascent by: flamer on 2005-10-05 (View Climbing Log)

0 out of 5 stars Ascent Note

This route is destined to become a classic!! This is the closest you can get to climbing in the Red rocks!!

Witnessed by: Joanne Urioste
Added: 2005-10-05