The Palace

Sean and I cross the river at last to explore this area we’ve been gazing at all summer from Crystal Wall. We cross the river carefully and find the trail up to The Citadel, a small tower. There are a trio of guys from Santa Cruz here who have a free guidebook from Dr Topo. From this I pick out Not Enough, a 5.9+ on Wall With A View. Nice steep climbing, lots of sidepulls. I toprope Party Mixer also, a 5.10c with an overhanging crack at the top. Fun stuff. We go down the back side. There are climbs everywhere, and this little grotto is lush and isolated. We agree we need to come back here.

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