The approach was filled with snow, then climbed the right side near a small arete. The rock is a little better quality on the right side for the first two pitches. Hiked off the backside and hit the main Olympus trail. Lots of bush wacking until the trail. Love the climb, really fun
We put some fixed lines up for the descent. Over the summer and fall we would do this climb a couple days a week. Our fastest time car to car 1hr 32 min. great morning work out.
After a long time of this face calling to me every time I step put of the Salt Lake REI. I finaly got together with a friend and climbed it. It was GREAT! We had planned the whole day, but in the end it 6 hours from car to car. 3 of which were on the climb.
Partnered with madsjim; see below. We swung leads and pitched it out (8 pitches, starting higher and to the right from the approach gully), so we weren't particularly speedy, but got some good practice finding non-obvious gear placements, as well as using all the trees and shrubs, etc.
The descent almost made up for the fun we had climbing. ;-)
Very fun. Big wall with easy climbing. We took our time and roped up for 8 pitches where we came out on the ridge. Plenty of cracks and trees and shrubs to use for protection. Lots of exposure, not to be taken lightly. We saw no bolts, just one sling with a ring around a tree to our left. We took a set of stoppers, 5 cams from small to 3 inches, several small hexes, and we found places to use most of this gear. Great for beginning trad climbers.
We brought way too much gear for such an easy climb. Most of the route info on this site and others is unreliable and outdated, so don't rely on it too much. Bolted anchors have been drilled all over the face, but finding them can be difficult. Most pitches are exactly 60 meters, but a rope is hardly needed after pitch 3 or 4. We brought two ropes to rappel the face and it proved to be a fiasco. The face is not clean enough for a smooth rappel descent. Just hike back down the gully and save yourself a lot of frustration. Overall a fun trip but not the adventure I expected.
Awesome, relaxed climb. We belayed the first three pitches and simuled or soloed the rest. Angle stays pretty mellow throughout. Crux was the approach; had to traverse to the side of the snow couloir since we didn't have crampons or an axe.
This is a fun, relaxed climb. We roped the first three pitches, and coiled the rope the rest of the way. The angle of the slabs are much lower than I was anticipating, so the climbing is easy and not physically strenuous. It's more of a cardio workout because you can climb so fast up the wall. Great environment and stellar views!
This route was surprisingly fun and provided, not difficulty but great exposure on the face. This has become an annual climb for us. Well worth it.
This was my 1st outdoor rock climbing. Real fun not scary at all for me. Reached the North summit.
This is such an awsome lay back climb! I recomend it to anyone who is in the mood to skip up a fairly large wall.