Monday, December 4, 2006

The Visual #4

"Slap Happy" v6 Rock Garden @ Penitente Canyon
photo: Keith Ladazinski
This is one of the best problems in the canyon, a double arete called, "Slap Happy", first climbed by Phillip Benningfield last winter. You must establish a perched foot on a dime edge to lift off the ground and fire out for the left arete. Slap your way through 3 or 4 "right slap, left slap" arete moves, and make the long reach for a slopey summit. It took me 3 days to do the scary mantle just ahead of me in this photo. A classic boulder problem.

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