Route Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: March 12, 2005
A truly classic climb in a spectacular position. Well worth the effort required to get there. The difficulty is less than stated in the guidebook. Probably 5.6/7. The pro is excellent: I lead it using only stoppers, hexes, and tri-cams. "Squeezers" not required: you'll appreciate the lighter load.
There was water in the creek bottom on the secondary use trail, but we have had unusually high rainfall amounts this year. Miner's Lettuce was growing in abundance.
Route Climbed: Standard plus many variations Date Climbed: Many
The Finger Rock Canyon trailhead is less than 1/2 mile from my house. I stare up at Finger Rock from my home-office every day. As discussed, the crux of the climb is the approach. The technical portion is not really 5.8 as the guidebook says -- 5.5+ would be generous. My best "mailbox-to-mailbox" time is just under 3 hours.
Route Climbed: Standard approach Date Climbed: Dec 31, 2003 Date Climbed: Dec 31, 2003
Third time to the base of Finger Rock, this time I climbed to the upper belay station (at the fist), but wimped out on the last bit, failing to reach the top - too much exposure - no pro. Down-climbed the south direct gully and ran into many obstacles and shindaggers. This hike is always an adventure.