Crescent Arch and On the Lamb have become my go to routes in Tuolumne for folks who have become regulars of mine. If Tuolumne were Disney World, these two would be the most unique rides in the park at this grade level. I don't remember what I wrote previously, but the 5.10 move really is not and the first 5.9 pitch is full on as it is awkward and challenging for the grade. My preferred descent now is to carry packs to the base, take one 70m rope descent off the back left side and circumvent back to the packs, whether you are climbing a 2nd route or not. Over 25 folks on West Crack, waiting in line, no other climbers on Crescent this day. Even met some Euros who walked back to the car and were going to go wait in line somewhere else because they refused to climb Cooke Book or Crescent or some other line. You get what you deserve.
Took Frank up today. Never gets old, one of my favorite moderate crack climbs in Tuolumne. Take extra slings and extra small stuff for the crux traverse, easy to pluck a lot of small gear and be well protected.
With Stewart from south Tahoe. I led all the pitches. The 4th is the crux in my opinion. Had no issue with 2 and 3 (which some consider the crux). Pitch 4 was a sustained long under-cling/slab traverse but no moves at 5.10 despite the guidebook rating. All three pitches were great. As Chris references in the local guide, take plenty of slings to avoid rope drag on the traverse. Only need one 3" and nothing larger for sure. Eats up small gear.
crux was about the only straightforward climbing, but good route
One of the best climbs I have done in Tuolumne. Didn't care too much about the chimney 1st/2nd pitch. My buddy led that, but the crux corner went smooth for me. It sure didn't feel much harder than a 5.9. Passed a party on the route who were sunning themselves with their shoes off. They must have seen Peter Croft's video in which he says "I take off my shoes and take a nap on solo climbs." They got caught in a snow storm one pitch from the top.
great, great climb in beautiful weather. Started with West crack and then did this, with Michal. The 5.9 sections are not the easiest... Absolutely no one else climbing on Daff that day.
The .10b move is fine. The .9 pitches are burly. But I only led the middle 60 feet pitch, and the approach/exit pitches.