Devo's Climbs

Monday, May 12, 2008

Rock Climb: Pearly Gates

Climbed with fellow AAI guiding buddy Dave H on Sat. We had originally hoped to climb the classic Davis-Holland/Lovin' Arms at Index, but it started to rain after we pulled into the parking lot so we scooted on over to Icicle Canyon instead and made the steep hike up to the gleaming, gritty rock of Pearly Gates and availed ourselves to a day of superb crack climbing. Dave began by leading Lost Souls (5.9) from which we top roped Last Rites (5.10a) and Angelic Curses (5.10b). I led both pitches of Cloud Nine (5.9+): pitch one is a wonderful 5.8 crack w/ excellent protection, pitch two a sporty face/dihedral climb to an easier gear-protected traverse. Dave then did a stout lead of Pearly Gates (5.10c) - bravo! I finished the day on Celestial Groove (5.9+): a bouldery start into a flaring corner crack and on to thin fingers w/ dicey feet - sketchy! On the way home we treated ourselves to burgers at the 59er Diner. Good times!

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