Fun day out in the Garden with Jamie. Started with Montezuma's north ridge then headed over to climb the windows route on the Three Graces. Then we walked over and climbed the chossy and intimidating south ridge of Pigeon Rock and then climbed the south ridge of the White Spire. After a quick water break we headed back out and scrambled to the top of South Gateway via the south ridge and then back over and up tourist gully to the summit of North Gateway. Lots of folks out today.
Very fun. Not convinced at the 5.2 and wonder if we climbed the route a bit differently. Went up the grungy chimney to gain the rib before traversing over (on the fin slightly east). Is the route on the west face past the window? It all worked out. The top out is intimidating and doesn't have the best gear. Stepping across the gap was cool though. Not good for beginning followers.
climbed this airy ridge w/A.J. on a chilly december day. thinking this route would go quickly we weren't concerned about climbing in the shade....until we got going. the early vertical section was spooky in the cold, yet the window was great being the only spot in the sun.
from the anchors, we watched a couple get married before rappeling as a welcomed backdrop to their wedding photos. who'da thunk it?
Due to the traversing nature of the route a fall from a follower could also be very bad in places. Luckily there are good holds but the exposure is a bit freaky. We had a 3 person team and used two ropes. Our leader had to rappel down before the third could make the final moves onto the tiny summit. Single pitch even with a 50m rope.
Runout makes this feel a bit mentally tougher than 5.2, although solid holds abound. Straddling the summit ridge while belaying is a bit interesting. Settled on touching the true summit with my hand. It would be very freaky downclimbing that little fin!
Interesting climbing. Don't let the 5.2 rating fool you. It's a little disconcerting at points where a slip wouldn't be much fun. The step through the window was interesting.