Rock On, pitch 4
photo by Andy Cairns
Pitch 4 requires more technique and also a bit more pulling than the other 4 pitches of Rock On.
Above, I’ve passed the difficult first few layback moves – a fingertip layback in small, widely-spaced tiny pockets spaced at intervals that felt entirely too long.
After those first few fingertip layback moves, the corner steps back to merely steep, or vertical, instead of overhanging, which permitted me to stem to the side on decent footholds, taking some weight off my fingers.
This pitch, in my opinion, is one reason Rock On merits the “Top 100″ climbs designation. It’s exciting, in a beautiful corner, and the belayer gets to watch form a spacious ledge.
Furthermore, you can choose to rappel the entire climb and hike back down the North Gully, should you not wish to continue to the summit via Squamish Buttress or the Ultimate Everything.