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Ridge 2 aka Satan's Slab
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667 

YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a R

   
Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 500'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.5 French: 4b Ewbanks: 13 UIAA: IV+ ZA: 11 British: MS 4a [details]
FA: ?Nate Flynn, Jessica Price, LP
Season: Aug 1-Jan 31
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Submitted By: Leo Paik on Aug 22, 2006

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Jessica approaching the summit.

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  • Description 

    First, heck, this route may not a FA, but we named it because we are unaware of a different name. So, if it is your route, pardon us. Second, this little adventure is sort of an accident as we tried to find Enchanted Devil. Third, it doesn't match the description of 666. Fourth, beware of trying to figure out which is the 3rd or 4th sections. Nonetheless, it was fun, it summits, the views are nice, the rock is generally pretty good.

    When the bird closures lift, head up Skunk Canyon, ascend the gully between Ridge One & Two (best to try to stay more in the middle), go a good way until you are just across from the prominent summit prow of Ridge One or on the 4th section of Ridge Two. The start is a flattish area about 10 feet wide at the bottom of the middle of this slab (it sort of matched the "flat rock" description of Enchanted Devil's start. :o

    P1. Head up the middle of this section, slightly left of the flat area, on generally positive edges/scoops. Find pro where you can i.e. sparse. You can find a semi-hanging belay (green/yellow/red Aliens & 0.75 Camalot worked). 195'.

    P2. Continue up, trending left slightly at a smoother slab, and belay at a nice ledge (wires & #3 Camalot worked). 185'.

    P3. Continue up the slab to the summit. ~100'.

    Descent - head West through a slot & find a nice ramp traversing off North. 4th class. ~80'.

    Location 

    This route is located on the East face of the 4th section of Ridge Two of Skunk Canyon. It goes up the middle of the slab vs the left arete for 666. The approach on a hot day can take over an hour. Beware of poison ivy.

    Protection 

    Light rack of wires, cams to #4 Camalot worked.


    Photos of 667 Slideshow Add Photo
    Jessica enjoying nice rock on P1.
    Jessica enjoying nice rock on P1.
    Nate slabbing away on P1.
    Nate slabbing away on P1.
    Nate & Jessica enjoying nice rock on P2.
    Nate & Jessica enjoying nice rock on P2.
    Jessica traversing off.  Hard to see the bit of exposure looking W.
    Jessica traversing off. Hard to see the bit of ex...

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    By Tony B
    From: Around Boulder, CO
    Nov 22, 2012

    Looks like you were just out to the climber's right of the 'normal' route for 666. In the top photos, I can see the huge chockstones that should be there, but you were less on the arete. As the climbing on each of the various sub-features of each ridge is generally the same as on the long south end of the features, these are considered variations. For an IE, refer to the Haas book for Enchanted Devil where it has a variation at the same grade for climbing the center of the face instead of the main South Arete. And this is a nice one.
    By Leo Paik
    Administrator
    From: Westminster, Colorado
    Nov 24, 2012

    Tony, you are probably right, but the description for 666 wasn't quite matching, though we figured we were pretty close...hence the name...667...pretty close to 666. It was easier than 5.6. Plus, it might have been a first first for Nate. Cheek puffing with the tongue.
    By Tony B
    From: Around Boulder, CO
    Nov 26, 2012

    FWIW, When Marc A. and I recently did 666 proper (tandem solo after Enchanted Devil on Thanksgiving), we couldn't figure out where the supposed 5.6 moves were either. I 'downgraded' that to 5.4, but it could have just as easily been 5.3. It was easier, in both of our eyes, than Enchanted Devil (5.4), but I didn't want to take a 6 all the way down to 3 considering I might not be terribly sensitive to grades in that range.