After our bigger day to Eagle Wall the previous day and with a cloudy, cool forecast, we slept in a bit and then ventured to Pine Creek Canyon and the Mescalito formation to climb “Y2K” and “The Next Century” on Mescalito. Only six cars were in the parking area for Pine Creek Canyon. Wow.
Another bighorn sheep sighting!
Daniel starting up the first pitch of Y2K, 5.10a.
The first pitch was super fun jug hauling to a juggy, well-protected roof move (up about fifty feet above Daniel in the photo)
Looking down the long (~170 feet) second pitch. More varnished jug hauling up steep rock
We didn't do the super short, move-the-belay third pitch or the final fourth pitch as they aren't highly recommended and the potential for getting the rope stuck after the rappel from the top is reportedly high. This is looking down the varnished face of the first pitch
The Brass Wall and lower Pine Creek
A view of the crux roof on the first pitch. Well protected by the bolt and very juggy fun
Next we headed over to the two pitch route “The Next Century”. Daniel on the first pitch, 5.9. The second pitch is what it's all about though.
Daniel at the top of P1. The next pitch goes out right a bit on the varnished face with some 5.10d slabby moves followed by some wild 5.10c exposed arete moves and face climbing above. It was one of the best pitches I've done at RR.
Looking down the 120' second pitch. Awesome position.
Above the 10d slabby stuff and moving to better holds and awesome position on the arete. The next few photos are captionless but show the rest of the pitch
After we got down we walked over towards Dark Shadows to look at it. The creek and pools in the canyon are amazingly clear.