Looking up at the first pitch, 5.9. This pitch heads up the awkward and slippery corner (harder than it looks), into a flaring chimney, and ends on the face to the left.
Pitch 2 heads up the splitter cracks on the left face (barely visible), and ends before the big roof.
Pitch 3 cranks through the roof with wild hand jams and finishes with 80 feet of fists and offwidth (not visible).
Anna emerging from the flaring crux of P1.
P2 was awesome. Interesting face climbing leads to 5.9 fingers with good locks but poor feet. The pitch finished with twin hand cracks.
Anna approaching the crux of P2.
We be jammin'.
P3 was also super cool: a beautiful hand crack through a big roof followed by 80 feet of pretty physical 5.8 fists and OW.
I stopped taking pictures at this point because the party behind us was gaining ground, so I wanted to focus on climbing fast to avoid a traffic jam.
For those who are curious about the rest of climb: P4 is a short but fun 5.8 crack (mostly hands), and P5 involves a friendly 5.6 chimney which leads to some technical 5.9 laybacking and more 5.7 jamming. The route continues from there, but most rappel down a separate rap route to the base (four double-rope raps).
There was a pretty neat-looking rock across the valley...
[taken from the rappels]
Looking east from the rappels.
On our last rappel, I got to take some photos of a guy finishing up the first pitch of Bircheff-Williams, 5.11b. The crux is down lower, but this section of OW looked pretty serious to me...
Back at the base, looking up at two climbers at the first belay and one above the roof on P3.
At this point, there were four parties on the route, two rappelling, one just starting up, and two more waiting in line! We were definitely glad we got of early for this one.