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[TR] Smith Rock, Monkey Face - W Face Variation 8/10/2013

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Trip: Smith Rock, Monkey Face - W Face Variation


Date: 8/10/2013


Trip Report:

John F and I climbed Monkey Face via W Face variation on Saturday. There was no one on the route. I guess that was because the forecast called for rain with a chance of thunder storms. It did rain and it did thunder but luckily the weather cleared up for a couple hours and we made the top.


We took no aid gear or ascenders for the bolt ladder. We used a sling each for occasional feet and yarded on draws. With a good belayer this works well. Just make sure you think through your system first and are on the same page. We both cleared this pitch in less than 30 minutes.


Heads up: at least two bolts are loose and look like they could go, we felt this added to the excitement but others may feel differently.


Blog w/ pics, etc. http://mountainmischief.blogspot.com/2013/08/monkey-face-via-west-face-variation.html


Gear Notes:

single rack, lots of draws, rap line and regular rope


Approach Notes:

Asterisks Pass

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Nice TR. I remember accidentally dropping a carabiner once off of Outer Space. I need to get down to Smith and climb Monkey Face!

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