Multipitch Rock Climbing at Tahquitz


George Wu, Bill Roberts, and Ben Crowell got together on a perfect summer day to climb Tahquitz classic White Maiden's Walkway in a rope of three. Bill is an experienced trad climber and new SMC member who recently moved to Hesperia from Washington state.

After a later than planned start, we headed for the start of the climb at an aerobic pace. Luckily we had this popular route to ourselves. George led pitch 1, Bill pitches 2, 3, and 4, and Ben 5 and 6. In celebration of Bill's 35th birthday, he was nominated to lead as much hard stuff as possible, including the fist crack variation of P2. On P4 he looked at the infamous step-around and decided there was no way that was the route, so he headed up some nearby face which was ... fun and challenging for his followers to get up on top-rope.