My very first lead at Lovers and going to be hard to beat. Great pitch. Linked with Travelers and all I can still think about was this pitch. I almost pulled a wild no hands mantel before I noticed chalk that followed the hand/finger rail out right to the hand crack finish. I continued on with a 70m rope to get out of the way of a threesome on the 5.7. Basically soloing the 2nd pitch to avoid rope drag, I combined the direct with the 5.8 variation 2nd pitch to a large ledge on the arete, with inches to spare. Told my 2nd to be prepared to simul but don't think she had to.
Did fine on the first section then fell on the traverse while following. Enjoyed the next two pitches.
Awesome climb. After the traverse I had to hang : (
Climbed with my friend K. Chaltikian on a sunny summer day.
Pretty strenuous for me. We traversed under the overhang, which made it harder -- we both hung several times. Afterwards K. toproped it and found it easier to continue up to the piton and then traverse over.
Ritwik is the man
Thought provoking wide section down low, that you can style through with good footwork, followed by a nice, vert. handcrack. Good stuff.
Fun to toprope on a hot day at Lovers Leap.