Slow Progress…

Here’s a cool but short line we added just south of Shark Fin Arete on the same side of Geology Tour Road. To the right is the real masterpiece, but that’s going to take some time. The short line is called Echt, maybe v5. I noticed a small bit of rock wear on the low left start foot, but it was higher up the continuous edge, not where it’s obvious to use… so maybe it’s been done already. It is in an obvious spot. Maybe it was done with both hands higher up which would explain why the upper part is the only place wear exists.

The start of Echt.

The start of Echt.

I looked for a way to match hands on that lower left hand, but there are almost no feet, just smearing. Here are a few more shots and a short video:

Just before the crux... key is getting to a sloper right of the dark feature above Jill's right hand.

Just before the crux… key is getting to a sloper right of the dark feature above Jill’s right hand.

Jill uses a heel hook instead of just jumping... like I did.

Jill uses a heel hook instead of just jumping… like I did.

In the video, my headlamp decides to run out of power just as I started, but I was cold and didn’t want to switch it out. The weird part is how the Princeton Tec lamp tells you it’s running low on power…

The first move is to where Jill's hands are matched. High above are several bad slopers then maybe a perch on that sloper Jill's on to reach the top. I have to jump at least 12 inches above the feet to reach the next sloper.

The real gem. The undercling flake was inspected for bats… none found. The first move is to where Jill’s hands are matched. High above are several bad slopers.

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~ by r. mulligan on 2016/01/10.

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