The Twisted Road, New Route
Kirsten Kremer, Greg Collins and I completed a new Grade VI
free climb on the southeast arête of Higher Watkins
Pinnacle. This formation is somewhat attached to the south face of Mt. Watkins itself. This was the first line up this formation which was probably the last major unclimbed
wall in the Valley. The route follows seven pitches up the
slabs left of Hook, Line and Sinker (VI 5.10 A3+, 17 pitches), and then twelve more pitches up the southeast arête to the summit of the spire. The Twisted Road (VI 5.12-, 19 pitches, 800m) is on very high quality stone and went completely free. Descent was by rapping the route. Twenty-six bolts were used, four for protection. The project took sixteen days total. Peace yo!