Average Rating : 4.00 out of 5
Route sequence (left to right): 14
Route Summary | Ascent Notes (3)
Long, Hill, Harrison
Standard rack- bring extra 1" stuff for the second pitch.
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.
Rappel Cat in the Hat.
Submitted by: flamer on 2007-05-17
Route ID: 57345
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.