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East Face / Rebel Yell 

YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Trad, Alpine, 6 pitches, 800', Grade III
Original:  YDS: 5.10 French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Jim Nelson and Carl Dietrich 1986
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Submitted By: blakeherrington on Sep 17, 2008

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A 6 pitch line leading up striking splitter cracks. There are at least two starts possible, before joining at P3.

Traditional start:
P1/P2 - Follow the large left-facing dihedral with orange rock on the right, and grey on the left. The crack is wide, but protects well. 5.8-5.9

Left Variation:

P1 - Aim for the clean white left-facing corner to the left of the long orange, traditional start. One long pitch gets you up into the perfect finger crack and to a small stance below a chimney. Save yellow alien sized cams for the last 20 feet. 5.10b

P2 - A few well-protected chimney moves lead up to a horizontal break on the face above. Cut your feet loose and swing out wildly to the right, follow the crack up and right to join the original start in the major corner. 5.9

P3 - Up The lower angle dihedral with face climbing and flakes. Belay before the route forces you to move left. 5.7

P4 - Up the dihedral to a blind leftward step-across move. Keep working left to a ledge below a thin-hands splitter. 5.8

P5 - Up the obvious crack, going from .75" to 4" to a small ledge and bolted belay. 5.10

P6 - Continue up the 4" crack, using face features and the corners, and eventually landing out on top next to the summit block.


From Burgundy Col, descend down a short snow step and traverse south below the East Face of Burgundy spire, over a small snowy rib, and to the obvious east side of Chianti.

Descent is made via rappelling the route on fixed anchors. Two ropes are recommended, one might be possible. Generally descend to the rappeller's right.


Gear to 4" with doubles from yello alien to #4 C4 camalot.

Ice axe will be handy for most of the year, all gear can be stashed at the base of the climb.

Photos of East Face / Rebel Yell Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Following the top of P1 - Left Side Start.
Following the top of P1 - Left Side Start.
Rock Climbing Photo: Exiting the chimney on p2 of the left-side start.
Exiting the chimney on p2 of the left-side start.

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By Keenan Waeschle
From: Bozeman, MT
Aug 1, 2011

you probably want crampons to go along with the ice ax. that snow pitch off the col is pretty damn steep.
By Erroneous
Sep 16, 2013

Climbed this (excellent) route on 9-14-13. Some useful beta: There was running water available at many points along the approach as well as directly below the route. Axe seemed mandatory for the approach/descent, but crampons weren't necessary on the day we climbed it (sunny and warm). We did the left side start, but broke it up into two pitches, which is how I would do it next time as well (due to rope drag issues, primarily). Second pitch of the left start was the crux of the route for us. Strenuous but good fun.
By mravits
Aug 4, 2015

Great route! Just a note of caution: be careful when tossing your ropes for the first rappel from the summit, maybe even saddle bag them. We got our rope stuck about thirty feet above the belay for P5, which is also the 2nd rap station. The crack is wide and narrows significantly in the back and there were remnants of other ropes stuck in the exact same spot. Upon talking to other folks who have done the same thing, it seems like this is not an uncommon spot to get ropes stuck. We lucked out and worked it loose but it was a close call!

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