|Castle Rock Spire|
|After the 2014 attempt|
|The original Salathe bolt|
|Even the shadow looks intimidating|
|Sheer East Face of the Spire|
|Mushroom hunting on the approach|
|Snake, Snake ooooo its a snake!|
|Castle Rocks as seen from the approach in 2014|
|"Oh hey, it is great you are here, we don't even need to cut the lock off!!!" "What?!" "Just kidding of course."|
|On the day we did the approach the area did not look very inviting.|
|YUMMMMMYYYY. Moro Rock, CRS, The Fin and a few other spires.|
|Max following the 2nd pitch|
|CRS and the Fin|
|Views of Angel Wings|
|Some more of pitch two|
|The OG Salathe bolt ladder.|
|Me starting the second pitch,with a nice crack above|
|Start of pitch three was fun and overhanging! Gotta go for it brah!|
|Max following pitch three|
|Max is filled with joy after getting out of the squeeze. Pitch 4.|
|Nice little entry in the new register.|
|Me stemming through the crux on pitch four.|
|The register was quite cool|
|If we weren't hardcore climbers we would be models|
|My day got even better|
|Got that demon off my back!|
|Got my Valentine's Day Present straight from the sky! THANK YOU nice people of FRESNO!|
|Some of the climbers who have attempted or climbed the spire over the years.|
|Post send feast. Aside from climbing I post photos of my food to facebook|
|After a nice dip in Lake Kaweah|
|This place is incredible!!!! Check it out!!!|
|Other formations offer plenty of potential for further adventures|
Few reasons why I think this route will become the new standard way up the CRS:
The approach does not involve much bushwhacking, poison oak or difficult route finding!
The climbing is good and the rock is solid!
It climbs cracks all the way, so plenty of pro to plug in!
Line of ascent takes a striking direct line up the East Face!
Thanks to the FA party, the route can be rappelled with a single 70 M rope and has perfect rap stations!
Climbing the line is like going to a museum - where else can you see the original Salathe bolt ladder?!
There is no way to get lost on this one. Even without a topo the line is obvious.
Cruxes are safe and easy to french free through.
There is a good water source in camp as of 5/11/2015