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Esse Curve 

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

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Brian Shelton and Stewart Green
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Submitted By: Brian Collins on May 4, 2008

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Dave climbing in the shade.

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This is a nice 5.7 route, but it is a bit sketchy for new leaders. Smear and look for good feet to a high first bolt. Pull left to begin 'S' Curve. Once you clip second bolt, use foot holds on the left side of gully to walk up with some friction assistance from your right in the dihedral. As move to third bolt, work right work right using good, high feet. Walk up a slightly run-out slab to anchors.


This is just left of the pine tree in middle of the Whale (route #16 in Stewart Green's book).


5 bolts to 2-bolt anchor.

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Rock Climbing Photo: Dave Wayne on Esse Curve.
Dave Wayne on Esse Curve.
Rock Climbing Photo: At the top, view from the bottom.
At the top, view from the bottom.

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By John Layko Torkleson
Oct 23, 2011
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

I thought this was a little spicier then Tempest Toast down the way.
By Arlo F Niederer
From: Colorado Springs, CO
Nov 12, 2015
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Second bolt and hanger is still loose.

It's important because it protects the crux.

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