The Zebra

FA: Hermann Gollner and Michael Benge, 1989


150 feet of glory, The Zebra follows a prominent line up the center of the second Grotto over angular holds at first, followed by a beautiful headwall up high. Begin on a slab with twin cracks to a high first bolt about 25 feet up. This section can be protected with a few cams if you feel inclined. After the first bolt, make a funky mantle, trending right to gain the base of the first headwall and the beginning of the route. Clip the second bolt from a good sidepull, then follow a line of perma-draws through angular jugs and fun body positions. At around 100 feet, the line of nicely spaced perma-draws make an abrupt stop where you encounter a spooky, runout traverse leading to the second headwall out right. Clip two more fixed draws at the base of the second headwall, then continue up using your own draws to the anchors. For full value, you can top out and make your best effort to look like rocky after climbing the Rocky Steps at the Philly Art museum.


This can be recognized by the line of chain fixed draws.


10 or so draws, two for the start and rest for the upper headwall. Use a long runner on the bolt next to the large, triangular jug to prevent your rope getting caught. A 80 meter rope is required for lowering in one go. Otherwise, there are some mid-anchors out left about 60 feet down that you can rappel from (I have not done this).