We brought doubles up to #3 and one #4 and full nuts, but next time could just do doubles of #1-3. Never used any large nuts either.
There’s an excellent climbers trail now! It splits off 1.8 miles from the main trail.
Pitch 1 – 5.8+, 200 ft?
The official pitch one starts at the base of the dead tree. We’ve unknowingly bypassed it each time.
Pitch 1 bypass
Continue around the corner on the trail to the gully.
In the gully, there’s an icky massive bolder chockstone that has some class 5 moves to get up. The right side is the easiest, but still difficult.
A little bit above the chockstone, look on the left for a ridge where you can do a short rappel from a small tree to some dirt ledges, where you then can walk to the base of pitch 2.
Pitch 2 – 5.8, ~120 ft?
Gear: I believe I only used #2-#4.
Belaying from the tree ledges, start up some easy 5th class climbing.
Then, the “wavy crack” starts. It’s a wide, left-leaning crack. It’s awkward. Toughest part of the whole climb. End on the dirt at the top left, belay off a tree.
Pitch 3 – 5.6, ~60 ft
Continue up and left from the tree up the crack.
When you reach the trees, traverse right and slightly up around a buldge to the base of the nervous nelly pitch.
Pitch 4 – 5.6+, ~100 ft, “Nervous Nelly”
Continue up mostly unprotectable slab following the easiest path.
About 30 feet up, you’ll run into the crux. Foot and hand holds disappear. There’s a crack over to the right but no obvious way to reach it.
After lots of hunting, you’ll find a tiny foot hold nub far to the right, which you can extend your leg out and just barely reach, and some hand holds on the left that you can lean out to the right on. Your last piece is 10-15 feet below you, did we mention unprotectable? Make a reach of faith to the crack to the right. You’ve made it!
Pitch 5 – 5.7+, ~80 ft, “Bear Hug”
The famous bear hug pitch! Climb the obvious dual widths. You can just barely place a #4 at the beginning. The toughest moves are at the beginning. A #5 would protect nicely, but it’s ultimately not needed. Once off the beginning moves, it starts to feel more secure (which is good, since without a #5 you can’t get any gear in until you get to the top).
From the top, traverse right for 15 feet to a nice blocky flat area and belay.
Scramble or simul-climb the class 4 terrain, following the easiest path.
Pitch 6 – 5.5, 200 ft
Make sure you start your belay as close as possible, as this is a rope stretcher! Climb the slab, clipping the bolt.
Continue up easy slab for the full 200 feet, staying on top of the ridge in general. There’s one section where I traversed right and around rather than climbing up an unprotectable slab ridge.
Pitch 7 – 5.5, ~80 ft
The “bunny ears”. There’s a number of options…
- Left option: Traverse left on some easy ledge systems, nicely protected by some cracks at feet level.
- Straight over option: Go straight over/through the bunny ears. Apparently you then have to rappel after this.
- Right option: We’ve seen several people go right. It looks sketchy/difficult traversing.
We’ve always gone the left option.
After going around the left, immediately go right and up over a little ridge nook (about 9 feet) and belay.
Into the gully
Down climb into the gully. It’s kind of nice to be roped up for this, with all the loose dirt.
Once in the gully, walk up to the top of the col to the base of the last pitch.
Pitch 8 – 5.5, ~80 ft
Climb the easy crack system up to the summit. There’s one tricky move on this, the rest is nice and easy!
Down climb the easiest 5.5 route from the summit. 4th class exposed scrambling down. There’s 3 rappels at the end.
After climbing Condor, we wanted to try out Solitary Man as a group of 3 with Josh and Alexis. The route is NOT bolted for rappels (you’re expected to rappel the other route, or walk off the gully). The route just has hangers, no rings/chains. P1 – 5.10-, 30m, ~9 bolts Our info claimed this…