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The Mission Bell

  • Grade context: US
  • Ascents: 1
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Description

This buttress is located just to the west of the Pulpit.

Ethic inherited from Alcocer

Ser respetuosos con la comunidad y no dejar basura.

Routes

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Ascend the face just left of the obvious pillar, keeping on the face (no stemming out to the right!) and using the positive left-hand edge holds along the line of vegetation. Use good footwork on the tiny ledges to reach the overhang, then use the under-cling beneath the huge upper block (the “bell”) to reach up to clip the fourth bolt. Pull the overhang, finishing on the featured face to the huge, right-slanting ledge to the anchors. 5 bolts. 16 meters.

Ascend the pillar, then head up just right of the central dihedral (clipping bolts out to the left) directly towards the loose blocks wedged beneath the “bell” (these are the “ball” of the “mission bell”). Delicately move up onto the huge block, heading straight up to the anchors. 16 meters. 5 Bolts. One or two extended draws are useful.

Start on top of the small slab base and move up to the first bolt on some delicate, small crimps or pinches. Then head straight up, take a break beneath the “bell”, pull the overhang, and head slightly left to the chains at the top. 5 bolts. 15 meters. OPTION: Stay directly in line or to the right (not the left) of the final two bolts for a more difficult finish that goes approx. 5.11a.

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