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Column Direct 

YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: E1 5a

   
Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 85'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ British: E1 5a [details]
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Submitted By: Ian Harmon on May 24, 2006
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Description 

Climb the detached leaning column without using either side of the arete for holds. The crux comes about two thirds of the way up this large block. Reach the top of the block and continue up the right side of the face taking a direct route. A fun and challenging route, that tests your balance and flexibility.

  • RCM&W #51, p.166.


Location 

This route lies in the middle of the prominent column on the left, further side of the Minnesota strip.


Protection 

Nuts, and small cams should do it. Standard top rope setup.



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Blake on the column
Blake on the column
One of the tallest climbs for the area....and yes, technically cheating.
One of the tallest climbs for the area....and yes,...
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By Philip Carlton
May 28, 2008

Did this one today. Bring some BD micro stoppers or similar to protect the crux; small Wallnuts wouldn't seat as nicely into the crack 2/3 of the way up the column.