MountainProject.com Route of the Week: Pan Handling
This might be the best 100 feet of 5.10 cragging in the Northwest. Pan Handling is located in the heart of Trouts Creek’s greatest concentration of testpiece routes, and will get you acquainted with the area’s hand cracks, stemming moves, and wild, mildly-runout extensions. It follows the vast majority of the wall’s most famous route, a wide-hands to perfect-hands splitter called Gold Rush. When you are 20’ below the end of the route, span right and use a horizontal finger to move across two columns, finishing via a powerful and pocket-strewn corner and the arête, which overhangs this section of the wall. Although the anchors were placed just below the top of the rim to dissuade walking around the wall (on private property), the hero jugs atop the route continue, and no ascent of Pan Handlin’ is complete without a final chin-up just over the anchors, to take in rarely-seen view from the very top of the wall.
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