A new crack climb left of Rutabaga
After we fled high winds on the Malamute, we headed to the base of the Chief.
Here we found three nice cracks - Rutabaga, a new route to the left of Rutabaga, and Arrowroot. I volunteered to lead the new, middle route, which looked most my style - good feet, hand jams, some finger locks, and rest spots! I don’t know the name of this new route, but enjoyed it greatly and think it’s well worth climbing. It ends at a decent ledge with a two-bolt belay. We then climbed the rest of pitch one of Rutabaga, but not pitch two since we lacked sufficient small nuts.
Rutabaga, with one of the ubiquitous trees
Next we climbed Arrowroot, a short distance to the left. It’s consists of good hand jams and face holds leading up to a fat fingers crux - about 0.5 Camalot size, too big for my fingers! However, the friction and feet remain decent, and I also stemmed near the small overlap. At the top, grab another ubiquitous tree and reach left for the anchors.