NEW ROUTE: Goat Wall: Rif Raf Ridge 5.8, 300m
Rif Raf Ridge 5.8, 300m
FA: B Pullan, Darren Vonk May 11
Gear: Single rack, one 60m rope.
Approach: As for west end of Yam, cross col to Goat Mountain and base of ridge.
Descent: Scramble down climbers right to large top of large bowl, rap off slung blocks and trees: 6 single rope rappels.
NOTE: The route is mostly class 5 with 4 steeper steps requiring ropes. some rock is loose but gets really great higher up. the position and vantage of Yam is nice. There is a nice crack system for the upper half.
P1)start on the south side of the ridge below a short crack, loose, up to a small tree then continue up and left on fine stone to a group of trees. 60m,5.6
P2)Up ridge on easy terrain to base of headwall with cracks. 60m
P3)Awesome cracks lead to easier ground, climb towards the steep prow with a weakness in its middle 55m, 5.6
P4)Up to the weakness in the prow, stay left to roof then bust left on good holds with an awkward move, little gear. Continue up ridge. 60m, 5.8
P5)Up ridge to summit.
PHOTO: The route climbs the ridge on the right side of goat wall and left of the lower angle bowl.