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The "start" of the crag

This route is located in the Tunnel Ridge Road Region at Haystack Rock

Girdle Traverse

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Haystack 5.3 R (Trad) **

First Ascent: Unknown
Length: 40ft
Gear: (report bad anchors)

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Scramble down to a saddle between the end of the ridge and Haystack Rock. Begin climbing above a steep gully, then pass a large dish on the right on your way to the apex. Shun the old anchors at the top and scramble back down instead.
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Owner: NFS

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Submitted by: Ascentionist
Date: Jan 17th, 2006


ynot said on September 22nd, 2005
I guess the R is for the descent.I had good pro on the way up.
Ascentionist said on November 16th, 2005
I think this route starts in the rockhouse on the NE corner and passes two old bolts. There is no other pro. The standard route most people use is just left of this route and passes through a distinct "satellite dish" and is the same grade and fairly well protected. There is also a route of similar difficulty left of that route and starts over the super steep gully near two large trees. Climb a short face to a hole and follow the crack to the top.
pkananen said on June 15th, 2008
free solo in hiking boots last August. Scary downclimb. Probably not the brightest idea.