can reach the top of the 5th pitch of Cat in the Hat from this route in 3 pitches w/60m rope. 2 ropes to rap off CITH. avoids some of the crowd on CITH, and gets straight to the best part of the route.
could only get to the first 2 pitches, as others in group were feeling hot and wanted to bail. will make sure to bring only ONE heat- resistant partner if doing this in the summertime again. If you don't keep moving, your feet start to feel pretty toasty, but otherwise not bad if you are used to beeng out in the desert in summer. the scenery here is just gorgeous. this route is easy, but beautiful and fun. during the high season, it is reportedly a veritable freeway, as it is one of two routes that one must take to get to the base of Solar Slab. we were trying to avoid the crowds, but had issues with members of our group not HYDRATING ENOUGH, and not BOTHERING TO EAT BEFORE THE APPROACH. It is a total bummer doing a rather warm, 1 hour approach, only to have people not prepared and telling you "i'm done" when you have just barely started.