My Little Pony is really little and not a ton of fun. While a 5.5 route might sound like the perfect beginner lead, it seems like a poor introduction to Smith. The climb can be found just around the right from Wherever I May Roam, and is on a short, low angle slab that is covered in black lichen. It's a short climb and unfortunately the movement and climbing is nothing to write home about.
Start up rock tucked in a corner and easily step up big steps to gain the first bolt. The rest of the climbing involves feeling around for the best hold and stepping up on some lichen-covered slab. A corner up high on the right side of the climb offers some bigger holds on somewhat questionable rock before reaching the anchor. It's not a lot of fun and likely not a great intro to leading.
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Given Black Diamond’s reputation for strong and durable hard goods, we decided to give their 9.9mm rope a try as our go to gym rope. The rope is priced right and works great out of the box but early signs of wear in the gym make it hard to give it the nod as a preferred gym rope.