“Scarlet Slipstream,” Cedar Grove, Kings Canyon National Park. In July, Eric Rhicard, Vaino Kodas and I climbed this 6-pitch climb, four of which are 5.10 and the other two 5.11. The rock is superb and the route follows a prominent red water streak for its entire length. Two 165-foot ropes should be taken to rappel the route, which is primarily protected by 30 bolts, but RURPS, a fewsmall stoppers and small to medium Friends are useful. To find this easily accessible route, park in the day-hiking parking lot at the end of the road near Zumwaldt Meadows. Cross the Kings River on the foot bridge just east of the parking lot and follow the trail upstream along the south bank for 1½ miles. Look for a reddish streak on a low-angle slab on the south wall of the canyon. Climb the red streak for six pitches, starting on the right side with a series of steps just left of the comer in order to reach the first bolt. Then follow bolts, small cracks and comers to the top. Runouts are moderate.
Herb Laeger, Unaffiliated