Looking up the route, Question of Balance, from the base.
In the first third of the route just before a tricky step across.
Just above the 5.11- crux of the first pitch heading into the great right-leaning 5.10 crack.
About done with the first pitch. One more tricky move awaits just below the rope coils.
Looking down the absolutely gorgeous crack of P2 (trail line to the left in case we had to bail on account of rain.)
This crack is amazing...it splits an otherwise smooth face and allows one to climb it at a reasonable 5.10.
Despite a poor forecast, it was really nice! (Although dark clouds loomed to the east over the higher peaks all day.)
P2 crack action
AWWWWW! Hand jam action.
Looking at the start of pitch 3. From here at the belay you drop down and right to get your feet on that dike and do a no-hands traverse for 10 feet or so. Again, that small dike feature makes it all possible.
Looking back at the belay after doing the slabby traverse.
Daniel enters the dike traverse.
Not much for hands through the traverse.
Josh and Sam were climbing a 5.12- route to our left called “Sequestered”. This is Josh on lead of the crux pitch.
Really no hands for one more frictiony move after the traverse.
Daniel about halfway through P3.
My excellent belay skills are illustrated in this photo. (He wasn't going to fall, really.)
The roof to start pitch 4. It goes at 5.10+ and is very physical as well as tough for taller people.
For the fourth and last pitch, after the roof, we took the bolted 5.10 slab finish (instead of the typical 5.6ish finish.) This is looking down on that pitch. The bolted slab is below and right of Daniel in this photo. I recommend this finish.
A short little bit of scrambling to the top.
From the top it was looking like a rain cell coming in. We had a 20 minute walk-off descent ahead of us.
Some chilling out at the summit. Daniel, Sam and Josh.
The descent. Randomly, a barefooted dude showed up and asked us if there was a meadow with cattails up higher.
Very cool stream (Rito del Medio) raging along the trail in the valley
A mighty piece of rock.