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Happy Puppy - 5.9

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Consensus Ratings
  Difficulty 5.9
  Safety Rating G
  Exposure 2.00/5
  Rock Quality 4.00/5
  Scenery 3.00/5
  Fun Factor 4.00/5


The dramatic and awesome steep flared chimney on the right side of the Trapped Balls Cliff. To get to the base, hike up towards Toxic Shock. At the waterfall, scramble up a gulley to the right. Scramble up the broken terrain on your left to reach the base on exposed 4th class. The start is cruxy with a thin section to gain the entrance to the chimney. Once at the base, jamb the splitter handcrack at the back, or chimney up in the flare, reaching in to place pro. Great climb.

Submitted by: clown74 on 2005-11-03
Views: 1021
Route ID: 71479

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  Difficulty 5.9
  Safety Rating G
  Rock Quality
  Fun Factor
Red Point Red Point ascent by: sherrilewis on 2009-09-14 (View Climbing Log)

4 out of 5 stars Sweet lead!

Although "the business" of this climb is in the flared chimney, an awkward move or two off the deck gets your attention. Once in the corner, be prepared to knee bar, stem, butt scoot, whatever is in your bag of tricks. You'll use it all on this one. It's funner than it sounds, with good gear all the way. I used 1 #4 and doubles of #3's and #2's camalots. Could probably even use a third #2 but it's pretty easy to walk the gear if you don't have doubles and triples.

While you're there, be sure to do "Who Put the Purr in My Pussy", the interesting corner system 5.8 between the aretes on the left side of the ledge.

Both climbs share a rap station. 60m rope is plenty.
Approach: Heading towards Toxic Shock, take first faint trail on the right after passing the cave, hike up a few minutes up the gully as it wraps around the cliff base. As the trail steepens, watch on the left for two intersecting dead trees leaning against a shaggy, mossy "boulder". (This is the approach ledge to gain access to the climbs. Scramble up the dead trees to the belay ledge.) If the trail begins to veer right towards a wall on the right side of the gully, you just passed it!

Added: 2009-09-14