Climbed long ago with Guy, Kathy, and several others.
Barely able to follow this sucker with lots of
tension up an down. Better form than Jumars though.
Went up the standard route with Josh. The hike is extremely strenuous and the climbing isn't.
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.
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.
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.