The picture doesn't really do this justice. It's a steep downhill and that rock at the bottom is slightly angled. Without enough momentum you could start up that rock and spin yourself sideways onto the ground pretty quick. I was going to go around but made a split second decision at the bottom to try going straight up. It worked! Slowred coming down the hill. He decided to play it safe. I don't blame him. That's what I should have done! When we saw the imposing monolith of granite, we knew we would be climbing... somehow.