Yarding on Yardarm popular
Here I am leading Yardarm - photo taken from P1 on No Alternative. This is a great route up the middle of the big smooth bulge of Stone between the Great Arch and No Alternative (the only routes there with actual "Features"). I have climbed all the major routes in this area. If you like friction and you don't mind the runouts then Stone should be your next destination. Everything is bolted for the most part (except for The Great Arch and No Alternative - my first two trad climbs respectively actually). It is like they had a seriourly limited budget for bolts though, you will be half way up one of these routes with one bolt clipped, smearing on a "hold" the size of an M&M (plain not peanut, that would be a jug) and you realize that if you peel, the next stop is the tree ledge (the large ledge that all these routes run off of). You get a great sense of accomplishment once you reach the top of any of serious fiction routes like Yardarm or Mercury's Lead. Falls on these would be like a motorcycle crash on the highway going 70 in a tee shirt.
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