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Most people climb Cat in the Hat to the top of the 5th pitch, and then rappel. But the route can be continued past this point with about 500ft of 4th class, and then a final 5.7 chimney to an anchor, then a bit of scrambling to the summit.

  1. 150' 5.5 - skip the optional belay at 90', those anchors allow for rappelling on a single 70m rope. End on a big ledge with bolted anchors.

  2. 50' 5.5. End on a belay off a small group of trees.

  3. 120' 5.6. End on a belay off a big boulder slung around the top.

  4. 50' 5.3. Traverse right and a bit down to a ledge.

  5. 110' 5.6. Most people end here at the anchor.

  6. 500' 4th class. Climb up the buttress, scramble across the notch to the main peak and up to a tree at the base of a big chimney splitting the final band of red rock.

  7. 120' 5.7. Climb the chimney to an anchor. Then scramble the last bit to the summit.

This is, also, one of the possible descent routes from any other climb that summits Mescalito -- rappel the

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Located in Pine Creek Canyon approx:
Long/Lat: -115.493726,36.125164

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5.7 David Gibbs
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