Tea Time (21 A0 or 24?) **
The route ascends the more or less free standing buttress to the left of the amphitheatre. It serves up typical Yellowwood climbing with tricky gear placements and the odd bold move. The crux is an extremely thin rail that will be much harder for taller climbers. But it can be easily aided too. It is a good option to do on a very hot day as it is shady longer than the amphitheatre routes as it is west facing.
The topo on the photograph describes the route best and there are other options to climb the buttress.
- Pitch 1: 30m (21)
Start at a stone cairn and climb up the break to a large ledge.
- Pitch 2: 20m (19A0 or 24?)
Move left and climb up to overhang on red and golden rock to the thin rail. There is a fixed nut in place. Move across the thin rail to jugs and continue up easy rock to stance. (Freeing the rail is up for grabs!)
- Pitch 3,4 and 5 (17) Climb to the top in 3 or 4 pitches on delightful climbing following the obvious crack. line
Descent is via Down Time or the standard descent.
First ascent C Edelstein, Jonathan Hajos and Ilya Koll September 2011