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Chasing the Dragon 

YDS: 5.11+ French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII British: E4 6a A0

Type:  Trad, Aid, Alpine, 9 pitches, 900', Grade IV
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11+ French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII British: E4 6a A0 [details]
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Submitted By: drewford on Aug 29, 2010
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This route has some amazing pitches. Unfortunately, the first (crux) pitch is low angle and collects dirt and munge. But don't let this put you off. The second pitch, the Wafer of Woe, is one of the best 5.10 pitches at the Perch. Think Wheat Thin to the Stovelegs and you get the idea. Brilliant and three stars on its own! A suggested approach would be to climb easy ground left of the first pitch of Mountaineer's, trending left to a small pine tree. From here you can either clean and lead/TR the first pitch, or just climb pitch 2 and 3 as an alternate start to the Mountaineer's.


Starts approx. 100' left of Mountaineer's Route.


Standard double rack with extra small wires. Some welcome bolts protect the Wafer of Woe.

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the wafer. super good climb, bad photo
the wafer. super good climb, bad photo
the top section of the wafer
the top section of the wafer
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By Spencer Weiler
From: SLC, UT
Jul 25, 2012

Did the wafer of woe pitch as recommended for an alternate start to mtn route. Stellar, classic pitch. Bit of exaggeration to compare it to wheat thin, but still excellent. A huge pocket jug marks the start next to the first bolt down from the lone tree. Get on this one as it is wicked fun.

By Gee Double
Jul 12, 2013

The slab goes free at 5.12-. The bolts are a little too far left to be nice. Recommend placing 1 bolt for free climbing.