THE NO PROBLEM MON AREA
The No Problem Mon Area is about 150 yards west of the Northeast Point climbs. It is marked by a cairn. Follow the faint trail to the rim. These climbs, also seen on the route topo, are of moderate difficulty and a good place to get used to climbing on the bluff wall over the sea. #1 starts on the right side of the ledge at the Tortuga anchors. #2 starts directly down from these anchors, ie rap over the edge and into a cave to begin at the bottom anchors. #3 and #4 begin about 35 feet down from the left side of the ledge – both share the bottom Tortuga anchors (rap in from above and pass up the ledge on the left, continue down another 35 feet or so to reach the anchors. All routes have lots of exposure. Shot at left is Mike Auldridge gunning up Blackbeard’s Revenge. Routes are shown on the topo above and numbered L to R facing the sea.
1.) No Problem Mon, 10a, 2/9/2. Superb, exposed arete at a moderate grade. Ti, T (Harper)
2.) Porpoise Christy, 11b, 2/4/2. Hard pulling start to #1. You can rap in from titanium anchors on the NPM ledge. Ti (Elison)
3.) Walkin’ the Plank, 10c, 2/13/2. Three consecutive cruxes makes it interesting. Photo is Vance White on this route. Ti, T (Harper)
4.) Blackbeard’s Revenge, 10d, 2/9/2. Lots of pockets, duos, edges and side pulls. Ti (Harper)