Crunch Time 22 ****

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Pitch 1: 45m 18. Start just to the right of the drip and climb up to the vegetated recess on lichen covered rock. Step right on to clean grey rock and head straight up to the orange overhang. Approach it from the right and exit it on the left. Stance on the jumbo ledge near the edge so you can see the climber leading the next pitch.

Pitch 2: 50m 19. Climb straight up the grey face using one of various options; either a little left closer to the arete, or straight up the crack or a bit further right heading for the yellow rock. Attain the “dassie ledge”. Crank through the overhang protected by a 1.5 inch cam to attain jugs and continue to the long ledge above. Walk about 4 metres left along the ledge and look for a thread point on the face. Crank up just to the right of this and climb the left leaning line on brilliant yellow-orange quartzite. Continue to a comfy ledge (just below the Play Time stance.)

Pitch 3: 35m 22. Move up 2m to the recess above and then traverse left a few metres on white rock. (Play Time exits out right from this recess.) Climb up and right to a ledge. Crank up and then continue up to the left slanting crack system to easy ground to a short, flared chimney. Climb this to a rail and move left. Continue past a perch and head right on orange rock to the overhang. Place a 3 inch cam or two and crank through the gnarly grey fins on hand jambs and lay backs and stance on the left. Be careful not to use up your hand jamb slot with a cam! If you do not know how to jamb you gonna have to be very tall or very strong. Keep a medium or large sized cam handy as a directional for your second after the crux.

Pitch 4: 25m 15. Climb back out right to avoid the chossy stuff and continue on the grey rib to a stance in the gulley.

Pitch 5: 40m 22. Climb the easy grey rib to where it steepens at a shallow right facing corner. Climb straight up if you are quite tall or use small holds on the face on the right to step up and then move back into the corner. Continue to the obvious lay-back flake and on to a rail. Move a metre or so right and then climb the grey face to stance at the top anchors of the Timerity Abseil.

FA. C Edelstein October 2017 with Teodor Iliev and Brent Russel (on pitch3). Crunch Time photo topo V1.jpg