Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Cascading Crystal Kaleidoscope

As implied in the previous Gunks post, the climb Cascading Crystal Kaleidoscope (better known as CCK) has a great photo op on the final pitch.  Leaving the comfort of the big Updraft corner, you step gingerly down and across the clean face to join a vertical hand crack/flake that leads straight up under a huge roof area.  While the CCK Direct route climbs up over these roof systems (at a much harder grade) the original line traverse right under the roof for some exciting exposure and balance moves.  Annie took this pic of me on this pitch - you can see why it is such a great vantage point.

The CCK traverse....ooooohh
Smile for the camera!

I was thinking of starting a caption CONTEST for this one!
Please post your ideas!

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