California Arete

3 Stars
 E1 4c

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A classic line of the quarries, and a must for any wannabe Slatehead. There is a poor lonely wire above all the hard climbing, and an even worse sling. It is recommended that you trail a rope up to abseil off, although you will need two to reach the ground unless using a 70m. From the blast shelter that runs through the base of the arete, mantel onto the roof and follow a line of juggy hand holds out right to gain the arete, crux. Once on the arete, compose yourself and climb up to reach a heartstoppingly-airy high step. The climbing after this eases even more, and the route switches to the opposite side of the arete. Finish up a short groove on the left side of the arete from a ledge near to the top.
FA. C.Philips (solo) 16.6.1986


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