Highly Recommended! This route is very committing for the grade. Get good beta, especially if 5.9 is the top of your lead experience. The guide book we used said the rappel from this route is down a tree filled gulley. After we did this rappel (with much difficulty) we were told by some locals that a newer, better rappel is just north of this gulley and possibly 200' south of Tits and Beer. With 2 ropes, two rappels to the ground.
Submitted by: johnr9q on 2005-04-27
Route ID: 16279
Like every classic route, this one's a lot easier than it looks from the ground. Moves off the belay on p. 2 are difficult and committing, the Michelin Man Bulge on p. 3 are quite manageable once you figure them out - at least the gear is good for this part. A great route, still solid afte being upgraded to 5.9. Climbed with Mark B., I led the odd pitches. He thinks that the crux on Patrick Ewing is easier than the third pitch of this route. Rapped off a homemade station after fourth pitch. A beautiful sunny day on a route I've wanted for years, the best of this trip for sure.