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Girdle Traverse

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

The "end" of the crag

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Dirty Rastafarian Scoundrels 5.6 (Mixed) ****

First Ascent: Martin Hackworth, Mike Susko, Todd McDonald, Keith Phelps in 1989
Length: 90ft
Bolts/Gear: 1/ (report bad bolts/anchors)

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From the base of Haystack Rock, head left to locate an arete on the west side. Scramble up the left side of the rock to a ledge with a crack. Hand traverse right to a ledge then clip a fixed pin. Keep moving right to the arete then move up to a ledge. Continue up the face to the top.
Descent: Walk off
Stays Dry:
Owner: NFS

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Submitted by: Anonymous
Date: Oct 2nd, 2018

Submitted by: Anonymous
Date: Jul 17th, 2012

Submitted by: Ascentionist
Date: Jan 18th, 2006


Wes said on May 4th, 2005
It is easier to find the start be downclimbing the saddle between haystack in the ridge. Move a little bit right, and you will find the starting ledge with a tree for the belayer. Crux is the first couple moves. Fun top out, then rap by looping your rope around the hay bail at the top.
ynot said on September 25th, 2005
Sweeeeet route. Sketchin out right off the belay!
Ascentionist said on September 26th, 2005
Should we start a DRS club? Anyone else done this route? Don't be scared to admit it. Its a really cool and unique route for RRG. Wes' description is right on. The route climbs from the NE corner, around to the NW corner and face. It does not start at the base of the pinnacle, but about halfway up. Serious lead for the grade.
Anonymous said on September 17th, 2010
The dirty direct start is runout, but the same grade. Not really worth it. -DC
Enoch309 said on May 12th, 2012
Make sure your belayer is anchored to the tree before stepping off the block. Cool route. Pinnacles are just cool.
rjackson said on July 15th, 2012
Hard to imagine why there isn't a line for this one! The spice of an extremely humid day just added to the adventure. Awesome exposure with excellent views that can't be beat. Glad to be a member of the club...