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North America, United States, California, Castle Rock Spire

Castle Rock Spire. In September TM Herbert and Tom Frost did a new route on the face of Castle Rock Spire. The climb follows a crack system that eventually connects with the original route about two-thirds of the way up the face. The first two pitches are nailing over rotten rock; nuts were used frequently in places where pitons might have dislodged blocks. After the third pitch a bivouac was made on a good ledge. The fifth pitch went free and the sixth was mixed. From here the summit was reached by climbing the last four pitches of the standard route. NCCS V, F8, A4.