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Unknown & Excellent (5.6+ & 5.10a) - 5.10a

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To 2". Descent: the usual walkoff.
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Around the corner left from The Best Route, halfway up the cliff, is a large "bay" with some brush on its floor and a large roof in the middle of its back wall. The lefthand (North) corner of the bay is a beautiful, gently overhanging dihedral with gray rock on the right side and orange rock to the left. Approach by bushwhacking/tunneling for 100m through/under the laurels down from the Pedestal boulder, around a low brush-covered buttress below the bay, following an old climber's/deer trail, and then back up to the base of the wall at a great grassy belay alcove directly below the lefthand wall of the bay.
Above is a little rib running up to the floor of the bay that has crack systems to either side. Either can be climbed but the lefthand one is REALLY fun (& complete with an ancient ring piton). Climb this, then a ramp below the bay's left wall (to avoid the brush), around a corner, and finally the great dihedral. Unfortunately one of the nice spots in the crack is occupied by an old fixed TCU. Belay just above the dihedral & 4th class up and right to the summit, or just continue up to belay on the summit. 60m
Also The initial cracks can be done alone as a 5.6+ (15m) - a fixed nut & sling w. rap link exist atop it (but bring a backup!).

Submitted by: virginiapine on 2012-01-26
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Route ID: 77051

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Flash Flash ascent by: virginiapine on 2006-05-27 (View Climbing Log)

0 out of 5 stars Ascent Note

A superb climb.

Witnessed by: Massey Teel
Added: 2006-05-27