I climbed this two times: the first time with Kathy Licking (now Reichardt), the second time with Derek Montegue. This was before nuts were popular and cams were invented. I found this route fantastic and enjoyable.
With Mark A, sustained and exposed route. The step around was not the crux for me.
Lead Francis up his first multipitch! Great day. Fun "step around."
Nice route. Many better routes at Tahquitz, but definitely worth doing.
From my memories of years ago spending hours on the face, I remembered two things. That it was easy and that I needed to redeem myself from the amount of time it took to summit. Well, I did. But it still wasn't super fast. We were a three person party and we had one novice, so that slowed us down a little bit. But for me it was my first time managing a two rope system, so rope management was a drag, and that slowed me down just a bit. It took only 4.5 hours, which was much better that the previous 7 hours. Overall good trip. And the girl we took had an absolute blast. Good times.
Nice warm day. Beautiful route, but not for 2 experienced guys dragging up 4 green horns up. For the 4 of us, we had not climbed multi-pitch and did not really have an understanding on how it worked. And because of that it took SEVEN hours to get up three pitches! The step around was super cool and exposed, but what the heck was with that slabby section near the top of the third pitch? My 5' butt had the worst time trying mantle it! Defiantly not the greatest day, but good enough to get me hooked!
Kind of heady to get past the step around, even with the pitons.
Did the 5.8 slab variation (slight bulge with piton) to finish. The lower section is a definite classic.
This was my first lead at Tahquitz. I was 14, had about 8 pieces of gear, about 12 biners and climbed in Adidas basketball shoes. It was a thrilling adventure. Amazingly, I haven't been back on it since.
Climbed this with Deb, who has a new outlook on this route. Nice route, fun, interesting and exciting climbing. Lead the 1st pitch, Deb finished it off. BTW, the weather was perfect!
I forgot the date. It was a three *** yet. there were a few moves that made you think a moment or two. Nice 5.6***
Pen and I climbed the route on a whim after doing some messing around on the South Side of Tahquitz. This was (suprisingly) my first time on the route. I thought it was great, fun and clean climbing on all three pitches. I cannot recall better 5.6 climbing on any route on Tahquitz!
Finally! I found the guts to complete this climb...I led the first pitch of Left Ski Track four times before, and always bailed at the bolted anchors. For some unexplicable reason the second pitch always freaked me out (maybe because you can't really see the crack from the bolted anchor).
It is actually not that bad at all. P2 is easier than P1....
I climbed this twice between 2000 and 2002. The first two pitches are great. The upper part is somewhat funky.
First pitch has a lot of choices up big jugs. It's all in the 2nd pitch
Mostly recently - climbed this route with Blair and had the best time; happily, I have had a change of heart about the route, even though the 1st pitch is still sloppy. Beautiful day and lots of laughs. Great lead Blair!
2000 - I found this route to be scattered and messy, did not enjoy it at all...of course if the leader didn't take 3 hours (I'm not kidding) on the first pitch, maybe I'd have a different attitude about it. :P