Fall Line, Morning glory spire, city of Rocks
Posted by sibylle in Idaho (Thursday July 29, 2010 at 8:57 pm)

From the start of Skyline, we stepped about five feet right to the start of Fall Line,  a spectacular 5.10 face climb that heads up and slightly right on the face to the right of Skyline. Tristan led this route, but it’s possible to toprope the climb from the anchors at the top of Skyline.

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Lauren enjoying the superb edges on Fall Line

To climb Fall Line, head up and slightly right on excellent crimps and great edges, following the line of bolts. Lauren liked the climb so much, she climbed it twice!

Skyline, Morning glory spire, city of Rocks
Posted by sibylle in Idaho (Wednesday July 7, 2010 at 8:52 pm)

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Lauren on Skyline

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This fantastic route, in the City of Rocks in southern Idaho,  features varied face holds, flakes, edges and cracks on extremely solid granite. In the back (lower left)  Redfeather, an excellent climb on small edges (at 5.11, somewhat harder than Skyline) goes up to the right of the dark streak.

IN the very back, near the horizon, Steinfells Dome barely shows behind Lauren. We climbed a 5-pitch face climb on this dome, which I’ll show later.

Skyline, Incisor, City of Rocks
Posted by sibylle in Idaho (Friday July 2, 2010 at 8:34 pm)

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A climber high on “Skyline”, on the Incisor (aka Morning Glory Spire)

On our first morning, we headed to the aptly-named “Skyline” on the Incisor. Our first taste of City of Rocks stone in a few years, and my first time on granite this year, rewarded us with clean stone, great position, and bomb-proof nut placements.

From the parking lot (at Parking Lot Rock, of course) a quick 5-minute walk took us to the base of the Incisor. The classic “Skyline”  starts in any of three possible places.

At the lower start, two cracks on the right or the left, converge before  a traverse left below an overlap. An upper start traverses in from a ledge directly  below the bolted Fall Line, the climb directly right of Skyline.

The lower starts offer very easy climbing on gently-sloped rock and were a good way to get used to the feel of rubber on rock again (after the long drive to get here).

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Andrew leading the arete on Skyline

All starts converge at a delicate traverse left, below a small roof, to the arete — the crux of the climb. From here, we followed big holds, good cracks, and nice jugs along the arete to the summit.

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High on the arete of Skyline

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