The Badlands (formerly Where's Waldo?): 5.6 - 90'
Description: I was at Humphrey's with George Hurley on Tuesday. We climbed Tree Keys and as we were sitting at the base after we finished, George observed that there appeared to be a line up a series of "steps" about 15' right of Tree Keys. I mentioned that I had climbed up that for about 30' several years ago, and it started raining so I backed off. He said he's like to try it, so he did and it turned out to be a somewhat reasonable route. I did quite a bit of cleaning of rubble as I seconded it, however the leader should be careful not to knock off stuff as they climb.
Originally we were going to call it Surprise, since we didn't expect it to be as good as it is. However, after I looked at the pictures from the day I decided that "Where's Waldo?" was more appropriate. [grin] Some of you may remember the kids' books by the same name. Then George decided that he wanted it to be The Badlands, which is just as appropriate - so there ya go...
Directions: Start about 15' right of Tree Keys at a somewhat clean face with obvious ledgy steps.
Pitch 1: Climb up the face to a headwall, Go around the right side of the headwall and then back left. Continue up to a small clump of maples and then continue up to the top. Belay from a moderately sized pine tree.
Gear: standard rack with small cams and Tricams
Descent: rap from a tree
History: FA - George Hurley and Al Hospers 9/17/2013