Ann has agreed to head out early, before tea, to do this popular climb, provided we return for tea immediately afterward. It works well. We arrive around 7:30 and have Echo Rock to ourselves. After I clip the first bolt Ann persuades me to try climbing some edges to the right, which ends feeling like a 5.10 move. When I’ve done it I insist that she follow the same way (which she does). The climb follows this bumpy sort of arete bulging out of the face. One side of the arete is a slippery-feeling black patina. There’s an exciting mantle on a a sloping hold on this before the final clip and easy runout to the top.
Afterward I mention that we could do one more climb if she wants, but my offer is interpreted as an attempt to weasel out of our agreement (which I promptly keep).