Wednesday, August 21, 2013

A solo ride up the Becky Route.

The Becky Route, Premier Buttress-
Whitney Portal, 5.8 A0 or 5.10c

No, it is not something that happens every day. Just something that must happen once in awhile and when it does... It's always unforgettable. 5 pitches of the most aesthetic climbing that I know of lead to another 400 ft 5th class scramble to the true summit. By pitch three you encounter the bolt ladder. With only two shoulder sling and two biners I slabbed-out to the ladder. I would clip the bolt, stand on the sling, then on the bolt hanger itself, reach up to the next bolt clip it, grab the sling, then squat down and grab the sling below.Repeat four or five times. Gets pretty wild transitioning to the slab moves after the ladder, but totally Awesome! Photos by Steve Wheeler.

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