Toxic Shock starts on the left side of the areté, in the 5.9 lieback, which protects well. Many climbers pull their rope through at midpoint to avoid rope drag. The slightly offset, slightly slabby splitter #2 camalot crack on the upper half is a classic.
Submitted by: live2climb on 2006-02-13
Route ID: 9818
We did the double-crack start around the right side of the crag instead of the lieback. It was fun 5.8ish. At the top of this section, the slab traverse to gain the crack was heady on lead. Once in the crack, it was hand-jam heaven. You can also lieback or use the side wall for stemming, but you'd be missing the best part(the hand and foot jams are bomber)! The upper section felt soft for an Index 5.9. The lieback start would merit that rating though.