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Climb Report - Tahquitz - Left Ski Track 5.6*** (Sept. 2005)


'Jas' & 'Jeff S.'

On the South Face, farthest around to the right is 'Left ski Track' 5.6, 3 stars (meaning, good good funl!), 3pitches. Kinda short:

Our heros:


This route starts with a tricky little move at the far right. Maybe the hardest move of the route.
Then heads up between the 2 "ski track" to a bolted anchor at the '1', up to 2, and a short 3rd pitch over the top there.


A close up. Lots of big holds, very vertical, though. Reminded me of J-Tree

Working his way up

Working his way over to Right Ski Track a bit

At the first belay (little bit of rope drag?)

Looking down at the tree where we started from. You can see the pock-marked ski-tracks to the left here

From the 1st belay, our second pitch goes along a really nice duel crack system. Very pumpy and sustained. It culminates with the infamous "step around" move right at the "X", very exposed, all finesse and balance. Jeff is belaying just around the corner. (fun, fun!)

Looking back down the nice dual cracks from the 2nd belay

The first half of the 'more aesthetic variation' of the last pitch. Left Ski Track B, I think. First bit is nice and big holds. The last bit after this is a long-ish diagnal 3rd class traverse

to the top

Behind me is the good little hike up the top of Tahquitz to the 'Friction Descent' route


Betty: 5.9+ (more like 5.10A?)

On our way out, we stopped off at Flintstone slab and Jeff led up a short little 2 bolt sport route and belayed from the rap bolts.

Little bit of a move to the first bolt. Then a killer double-mantle to double-match as the crux right above the second bolt. Nice hand grooves and lots of smearing on this one.