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Almost Seven (aka Golden Earring) 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 120'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Bruce Meneghin, Tom Howard - 1976
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Submitted By: saxfiend on Sep 3, 2007

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An unknown climber leads the beautiful Golden Earr...

Description 

This fine route may remind you of climbing in Tennessee, with its long vertical hand crack. Long, fun and well-protected, but the neophyte 5.7 leader might find it intimidating.

Start in the big corner, or on the flake right of the corner; move up until you can transition to a nice vertical crack system in the left face. Continue up the crack until it ends under a big roof, then make a traverse left and up to end at the left end of the roof.


Location 

Starts at the back end of the Amphitheatre in a big corner. Two-rope rap from fixed gear.


Protection 

Small to medium cams, passive pro. Some big pieces are useful in the starting crack. Build a gear anchor.



Photos of Almost Seven (aka Golden Earring) Slideshow Add Photo
Caroline Schaumann climbs crack most excellently.
Caroline Schaumann climbs crack most excellently.
The corner start to Golden Earring.
BETA PHOTO: The corner start to Golden Earring.
Nearing the big roof traverse on Golden Earring.  Photo by Michael K.
Nearing the big roof traverse on Golden Earring. ...
Jason testing his gear for the first time ever. Took him a while to finally let go but all went well. Great route to practice falling near the top of the crack.
Jason testing his gear for the first time ever. To...
The view from the top of Golden Earring (and several routes on this wall).
The view from the top of Golden Earring (and sever...
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By saxfiend
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From: Decatur, GA
Sep 4, 2007

Great route! The crack section has some committing moves, but the pro is good and any falls would be clean.

By outdooreric
From: Lyons, CO
Oct 9, 2007
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

A fall anywhere in the first 40 feet of the route would not be clean. A couple extra hand sized pieces are useful.
The rappel is 100 feet.

By George Heib
Sep 30, 2010
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Felt really good. Difficult sections of the route are about 10 feet below the roof. Traverse can get a little sketch for a 5.7 leader, but it is a solid fun route. There is a spot for a BD #3. A 60m rope will get you back down to the ledge 3 feet off the ground so no real need to double rope this one. Anchors were replace not too long ago.

By hause
From: carrboro, nc
Jun 3, 2013
rating: 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c

I lead this after the easy Sentinel Buttress and I thought it was harder than the 5.7 rating. Extend your draws because the rope drag can be dramatic with the traverse. A 60m rope gets you down from the fixed stoppers anchor.

By Emil Briggs
Oct 17, 2013

The traverse can be exciting for the second too.