For whatever reason Marc left Touche' Away off his list of routes along with Give a Mouse a Cookie, 5.10b. Both are starred routes in Miramontes guide and Touche was established in 1979. Miramontes has it at 150', but it raps easily with a 70m rope. It is just around the corner on the true north face, but listed in Miramontes guide on the northeast face with the bulk of the other routes. This is a tricky lead for 5.9 in Jtree. The obvious flaring and lichen covered finger crack below the right facing slanting corner is not the start. Rather the next finger crack right is where you can get pro. The off the deck move is committing, but then bomber gear. This crack is maybe 20' tall, but sustained at the grade. Then traverse way left to the chossy corner. Stem up it placing a few tricky pieces before eventually hitting huge patina jugs with horizontal placements at a much easier grade to cold shuts (2016).
I led this route in the late evening. I felt it was a bit sandbagged, but still fun.
2nd time on this route. Chris's lead.
on and around this thing when lines were getting silly later in the day near Hidden Valley, so crossed the road to turtle! Great spot to catch a sunset!