Monday, October 10, 2005

10-1-05: The Ashtray

The Ashtray [v12]
photos: Lyn Verinsky

The Ashtray is a fun problem with great moves. There's only one problem, the rock is kind of "prickly". If the rock was a little more friendly I think this problem would be on the short list for most classic boulder problem in California. The problem is still great even with the sharpness of the rock.

I was getting baffled with the crux sequence until Randy came up with some great beta: basically get super scrunchy on this tiny foot and rock over. Mad props to Randy.

Want to try it yourself but having a hard time finding it? Just about everybody I know has gotten lost at least once trying to find it. The most basic directions: hike out to Big Chief and bear left after the big mud pit. The GPS coordinates are:

[N 39º14.596 W 120º11.775]

Now you don't have any excuse for not checking it out! If you have Google Earth, click HERE.

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