Sunday, August 26, 2007

Manuels Face

Bob and I have cleared a path to the base of the face. To get there, drive on CBS highway (No 2) towards Manuels. Take the exit for Minerals Road and turn right. Then turn left onto country path road and follow it under the highway where it turns to a dirt road. Follow this for another 1/2 KM until it ends at a 'turn around' beside a house.
A trail continues from the end of the road. From here it is about a 15 minute hike. Follow the trail as it follows the valley flanked by the faces on the left.
After 7 to 10 minutes, look for a path forking off the main trial on the left. It is marked with 2 green trail tapes and is below the main face. Follow this trail as it meanders toward the base. It is well marked but the shrubs are thick in some places. The marking tapes are all green with two demarking a significant change in direction. There are also blue and orange tapes marking the path.
The path ends at the bottom of the face and the base of the climbs are left. The base of Noobie Squeeze is characterized by crescent shaped crack. At the top of the crack (over the lip) is the first bolt. Climb left to the obvious corner/chimney there is a second bolt on the right side toward the top of the corner. Once the top of the corner has been made, the anchors can be seen.
Ankle Biter starts on a slanting ridge about 20 feet right of NS. Follow the ridge up to the treed ledge (about 25 feet). Start climbing on the vertical face immediately above the exit of the ridge. The face eases off about 15 feet above the ridge when the climb begins to go leftward. There is a large bulging feature (don't laugh) between NS and AB that Biter follows the right flank of. Once at the height of the bulge, the top anchors can be seen.
Both routes can be easily top roped. The top can be accessed by a long scramble. Once the base has been reached via the path, follow the base to the right until you come to an over hanging wall. Scramble up the slope under the over hang. Be careful,it is always wet. Towards the top you have to do some careful 5.3 climbing on a wet face for about 15 feet to gain a treed slope. Stay left, I believe Bob has some tapes in the trees. Once thru the tree, you are at the top of the face. The tops are about 30 to 50 feet away from the tree line. Look for four bolts that are about 5 to 10 feet back from the edge. These bolts are just above the climbs. The top anchors can be reached from the edge.
Click the following link to view a road map to gain the head of the trail.,-52.970324&spn=0.020701,0.031114&z=15&om=1

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