Devo's Climbs

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Rock Climb: O-Zone, Duty Dome

Went to L-worth last weekend with Aaron and Don and climbed at a newly developed crag on Saturday: the O-Zone. It's a bit of a hike, but worth it. Don had been there a year before with one of the route developers and started us off on what he thought was a 5.7, but it became quickly apparent it was harder than that - 5.10 slab/face climbing actually! We did find the "5.7" (5.8 actually) to the left: a nice combination of jugs ending with a short slab crux below the anchor. Then Aaron led an excellent 100' sport route with smears, crimps and a cruxy roof move to a (slightly) runout slab finish - fun! Don then led a beautiful 5.8+ steep jam/lieback crack gear route with a cool thin finger crack finish. I finished the day off with an enjoyable slab lead on gorgeous, gritty red granite.

Leavenworth Apr 26 & 27 '08

Sunday morning Ian and Gene met us at the Sleeping Lady and we all went up to Duty Dome. This was Ian's first outing on granite slab and we went all out, warming up on Slap (5.9), then onto the venerable Off Duty (5.10a). Ian said that OD was the hardest route he'd climbed outdoors yet (this coming from a guy who leads 5.11's at Exit 38) - cool! We finished the weekend in style with a multi-pitch climb of Straight Street (5.9); Gene led the first pitch of bolted slab and I led the exhilarating second gear pitch ending with a superb overhanging hand crack traverse. Good times!

Leavenworth Apr 26 & 27 '08

More O-Zone/Off Duty pics


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