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Arctic Breeze 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ British: E1 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: E1 5a [details]
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Submitted By: caughtinside on Nov 21, 2006
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Start up a jagged detached flake to the face with multicolored green and orange lichen. Then, continue up the highly featured face protected by bolts. There are other knobs that can be slung, but they are not necessary. The dikes range from thin to huge on this fine route.


Arctic Breeze is just around the corner to the left from Hospital Corner. The bolted arete is Nirvana, 11c, about 10' right of Arctic Breeze.


Bolts, 1 knob tie off, optional gear at start of route, optional knob tie off.

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By caughtinside
From: Oakland CA
Dec 14, 2006

I don't have anything concrete, just heard the various grumbling and slander, that this might be a retrobolt of Arrowroot. Haven't been able to confirm this.

By caughtinside
From: Oakland CA
Mar 7, 2007

ok, asked someone about this, who said that arrowroot is to the left of arctic breeze, not a retro job after all.

By caughtinside
From: Oakland CA
Jun 4, 2007

The first bolt has been replaced. I think there are 7 or 8 lead bolts total. You can still tie off a couple knobs, but it isn't necessary. Take care when rapping/lowering, as it takes all of 60m to get down.

By tallmark515
From: San Francisco
Jun 28, 2009
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a

I enjoyed this route, even though my partner did not.

Crux is somewhere around the first 2 bolts, but I didn't really find it or any other part of this route that challenging.

I could see this route rated at 5.9

Confirmed 7 or 8 bolts, route is a full 100' rappel, okay with a 60m rope despite what Supertopo says.

Supertopo also says recommended for solid 5.10 leaders only, I disagree. This route is very safe and the climbing to the high first bolt is very easy 5th class.

By BrianWS
Jan 28, 2013
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a

Very easy compared to other 5.10- face climbs at the leap, especially due to the lack of height dependent movement. Some of the rock sounded rather hollow around mid-route.