Third Tier. The upper tier of Avalon culminates in an isolated summit with a spectacular view of the surrounding terrain. It features a steep northeast face, short cracks on the northwest side, and a small clean buttress to the southwest.

This route ascends a steep and narrow column toward the left side of the northeast face.

Ancient Light 10a *
FA: R. Rossiter, Bonnie Von Grebe, Christine Damiano, 2001. This route ascends the northeast side of the summit pyramid in two pitches. Begin from the far left side of the second ledge. P1. Climb a white arete to a big grassy ledge (10a). 8 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor, 80 feet. P2. Climb a steep wall with an overhang and gain a sloping ledge (10a). 7 bolts to a 2-bolt anchor, 70 feet (incomplete).

New! Mystery Ship 5.10a
FA: Richard Rossiter and Pebby Johns, July 2005. Hike to the Wall of the Goddess on the ledge above the second tier of Avalon. Continue around to the east past a gully full of boulders. Descend past two obvious dihedrals to a ledge that runs all the way across the northeast face beneath Ancient Light. Look for a bolt above a low roof, just left of the two dihedrals. The route is visible from here. Climb over the roof and follow the line of bolts to a sloping ledge with a 2-bolt anchor.

New! Charon's Boat 9 *
FA: Richard Rossiter and Pebby Johns, July 2005. This route ascends the right side of the arete just right of the right dihedral, about 30 feet right of Mystery Ship. Climb straight up past two bolts, then finger traverse left (very cool). Stretch up and clip the third bolt, then work straight up to a tiny stance with a 2-bolt anchor.

New! Merlin's Enigma 5.12a
FA: Richard Rossiter and Pebby Johns, July 2005. The route ascends the right dihedral, maybe 5 feet left of Charon's Boat and joins that route above the roof; the last bolt and the anchor are shared. Stem straight up the V-shaped dihedral past two bolts, then power right to good holds on the arete (very cool). Stretch up and clip the third bolt, then crank straight up past one more bolt and gain a tiny stance with a 2-bolt anchor. Lower off.

Dawn 9

Northwest Overhang 11a *
Climb a dihedral and roof at the northwest corner of the summit pyramid. Incomplete.

Wall of the Goddess. The following crack climbs are located on a short west-facing wall above the second ledge. Two 2-bolt anchors are in place for toproping, but three of the cracks can be led.

Shakti 12
Difficult face and shallow crack at the left side of the wall.

Yoni 9 *
A finger crack that gets wide at the top.

Amrita 10b *
A right-leaning finger and hand crack. that squirts water after a storm.

Isis 10d *
The most obvious crack in the wall.

Devil in a Blue Thong 11
A wedged block followed by a difficult finger crack.

Black Tiger 11c
FA: Chris Brislawn and Jim Swenson, 1989. This route ascends the middle of the smooth, clean buttress at the west side of the upper tier. Place gear to get started and climb the steep slab past 3 bolts, then run it out to the top of the buttress. Small Friends or TCUs can be used above the third bolt. Belay from cracks near the top.

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