If you've hiked the trail from the Amphitheater and Sentinel area you've passed this route a million times and maybe wondered about it in passing. This is an obscure route with nothing but a name and number in the Kelly guide and seems a bit of a sandbag at the listed 5.7, assuming I climbed the right thing. Getting started was the hardest part by far and maybe using a pad would make protecting the start easier. Setting the pro for the opening moves was pumpy, although I could have just been making it harder than it needed to be.
It follows a crack that starts about 8 feet off the ground until it peters out and deposits you on a face. Meander up the path of least resistance and most gear, trending right (although if you go too far you'll end up on the 4th class top section of Popeye Effect). Although the opening moves are the hardest part there are still several engaging moments moving up the face, in part due to navigating the lichen, finding pro, and checking for loose rock. Eventually you end up on a decent belay ledge with a couple of small trees. Wear long sleeves or bring garden shears to tame to bramble near the trees.
You can continue up through the next short (10'?) face to a large tree to anchor and rappel from although rope drag may kill you.
From belay did a roped scramble right and up over the next small face (10 feet?) to a decent sized tree. Rap station needs replacement - either rap down out right into the little amphr or scramble+hike up and right to the meat puppet trail. You might be a
Submitted by: mjwestla on 2013-09-29
Last Modified: 2013-09-30
Route ID: 114466