A campsite filling group of us traveled down south for 4 days of climbing on Shelf's always impressive limestone.
|The crew - Jerm, Lisa, Ryan'o, J-Rock, mua, Kster|
Shelf Road: Nearing 1000 vertical pocketed routes on bulletproof limestone. Shelf probably sits #3 on my list of favorite limestone crags visited this year. (Spearfish
, Ten Sleep
, Shelf) One great attribute of Shelf is however the possibility for winter climbing.
Newly released Shelf guidebook: Bob D. Antonio (2010). I believe this is book #3 or #4 published for the area. This new release is the first to contain all shelf crags and to utilize color photos. Warning: There have been a few reported errors in the guide. One such example exists on the Spiney Ridge section of the guide book and involves two classic routes: Toxxxic Entertainment (5.10a)
and Purple Toe Nails (5.11c)
. The route tracing drawn/transposed over the color photo are shifted. Making Purple Toe Nails look like its neighbor Toxxxic Entertainment. The error caused me to jump on Purple Toe Tails instead of Toxxxic Entrainment as warm up number two for the morning. In fear of not on-sighting a 5.10a as the flash pump reached painful levels I thankfully reached the anchors. After reaching the ground and grasping my forearms in embarrassment, I was greeted by another couple saying "Nicely done, that's a hard route" I responded "that's the hardest fn 10a I have ever done"! "NO NO You just on-sighted Purple Toe Nails a classic 5.11c" Thank goodness I was just about to go back to camp and drink beers. Anyway heads up with the new guidebook:)
|Cactus Cliff - A popular colder weather crag|
Purple Toe Nails 5.11c