Exit 38, June 10 2011

2011 June 11

Despite some moisture in the air (there was some debate over whether it was raining or if it was just mist dripping off the trees) and a series of routefinding errors:

Theres supposed to be a 30m high wall somewhere here...

There's supposed to be a 30m high wall somewhere here...

  • walking past the “stump” marking the side trail to Valley View West (wouldn’t they put this “Great Wall TR” sign in the book)
  • ending up at the top of VVW instead of the bottom (hey, there’s chains down there)
  • not looking behind a tree when looking for the easiest rightmost line on Chainsaw Wall (shouldn’t the holds be bigger on a 5.8 roof?)
  • almost walking past the side trail to VVW again (hey, who put this pile of rocks in the middle of the trail? oh, us, a hour ago)

and chickening out on most of the routes at Valley View West (Stairway to Heavin’ turned out to be one of those “you must be this tall to reach the first bolt” routes. Ataxi Crack, the 4 star trad line, was seeping [convenient excuse, it looked hard anyway]), we still got to try the 3 star trad route, Cascadian Crack.

Cascadian Crack

Cascadian Crack

In theory we now know how to get there so we can go back when it’s dry and try more of the routes at VVW. ¬†Ataxi does look prettty…

  • Chainsaw Wall, Texas Chainsaw Cheerleaders, 5.10b sport (lead) this is not the rightmost 5.8. The rightmost 5.8 is behind a tree. This route was fun after I stopped expecting it to be easy
  • Chainsaw Wall, Stihl Fingers, 5.12a sport (TR) crux is pretty short if you don’t fall off it 6 times like I did
  • Chainsaw Wall, Crack One With Me, 5.7 trad (TR) Tony’s lead
  • Valley View West, Cascadian Crack, 5.11a trad (lead w/falls) yeah that was worth hauling the rack up 2000 ft at a sport crag!
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