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Climb Report - Tahquitz - El Whampo 5.7* (August. 2005)
'Jas' & 'Jeff S.'
On the North Face, eastmost side is 'El Whampo' 5.7, 1star (meaning, good funl), 5 pitches. 1 short 2 hard, 2 easy:
The first pitch actually start above where the guy is sitting in the rock. This is a 3rd class scramble.
Jeff is just getting started on the first pitch.
This is a good view of the first two pitches. You can see Jeff setting up the belay about half way up on the left in the tree.
Here is a zoom up to the second pitch. Check out the killer "hand-jam" crack.
Here is a photo I found on the web that shows it good.
From the nice 2nd belay, you can go left or right. Jeff went left and then pulled a nice little 5.7 move to get over the roof he is now sitting on and belaying from.
The 4th pitch is a very easy, long 3rd-4th class up this gully and to the right.
The 5th is easiest yet and your done just pass this rise. Because this route is so far left on the rock, we could see the walk-off trail just to our left from this pitch.
A relatively easy day for our leader.
And some good crack practice for me.
Good fun, for sure. The second pitch is great. There were multiple wrap slings and wrings after the second pitch, which suggests you could get away with just climbing those two then rap off. Saving yourself a long walk down.