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Driven Like the Snow 

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

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 95'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Tony Bubb, Jerry Bargo, 5/07.
New Route: Yes
Season: Faces North
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Submitted By: Tony B on May 21, 2007

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BETA PHOTO: Mark climbing above the first good piece of pro.

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Description 

The route is distinguished by the fingercracks about 2/3 of the way up, just right of the arete of Snow Crash. These are the crux is tackled directly, but it is also just as easy to move right and fight with a small bush for the 5.6 moves just there.

The Title of the route comes from A Sisters Of Mercy tune of the same title:
"Like a voice in the wind blows little crystals down
Like brittle things will break before they turn
Like lipstick on my cigarette and the ice get harder overhead
Like think it twice but never never learn..."

Location 

This route ascends the line of discontinuous cracks just right of Snow Crash. It is the line you rap/lower down to the right of the anchor if you go off to the right.

Protection 

About 20' to the first gear placement (2" cam) and then good gear here and there to the top. The crux protects well with small cams or Aliens, perhaps 0.5 or 0.75". Take some longer runners in case you want to wander for the most gear possible.


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The crux crack.
BETA PHOTO: The crux crack.

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By Tradsplatter
From: Boulder, CO
Aug 18, 2007

Climbed this excellent choss pile on 8/8/07. Accurate description of runout start...pretty mossy slab start but not too scary. Be on lookout for loose blocks. Fun crux section, reasonably good gear. Climbing is not too difficult..the real crux is making sure you don't peel blocks off this route. Nice new route...you get the alpine experience without the altitude!
By Jay Eggleston
From: Denver
Jul 9, 2013
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

I did not see any loose blocks on this. You can clip the first two bolts on Snow Crash at the bottom where there is not much gear.