This route lived up to its reputation as a spectacular climb. I had done the first pitch before with Aaron, but I hadn't led it. So I got to enjoy the “unbelievably good jugs” on lead this time. The second pitch, with its famous step-around move, was excellent. The picture in the guidebook of Ellen Wilts following this wearing slacks and a button-up blouse, a fashionable wide-brimmed hat, and converse sneakers has always been a favorite of mine. It struck me that it would probably be a bit of a challenge to the fledgling 5.6 trad leader. For one thing, there are some slightly tricky moves, and the step-around itself is pretty heady and exposed, especially for Tahquitz. Furthermore, the whole second pitch, and a lot of the third, are traversing, so it's important to place gear with the follower in mind. For a middle-aged woman in the 1950's, Ellen Wilts was quite a badass. There are a few variations for the third pitch, and wanting to stay true to history, I chose the original one, but I suspect the more direct finish (186b in the book) might have been better. Also, with all the ledges and slightly lacking pro, there were a few moves on this pitch that were a bit scary. I've got to get back to leading harder stuff!