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YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 160'
Original:  YDS: 5.11a French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VII+ ZA: 22 British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Larry Reynolds & R. Wendell, 9/69, FFA: John Long, Rick Accomazzo, Richard Harrison & Tobin Sorenson, 1974
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Submitted By: Roger Linfield on Jan 25, 2006

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Me and AJ Burch on the second pitch of Etude. Pho...


This is a fun, clean crack route that requires more finesse than strength. The delicate crux section, with side pulls and shallow, flared foot jams, is well-protected with fixed pins. An easier finger and hand crack above leads to the belay. There is a second pitch, but most people rappel after pitch 1. This route is located just left of Flower of High Rank.


small to medium pieces plus quickdraws for the fixed pins

Photos of Etude Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: My first time on the climb, gnarly.  Photo by Tony...
My first time on the climb, gnarly. Photo by Tony...
Rock Climbing Photo: Its all good from here... past the crux and in the...
Its all good from here... past the crux and in the...
Rock Climbing Photo: Photo by Greg Epperson, used by permission.
Photo by Greg Epperson, used by permission.
Rock Climbing Photo: Marc Chrysanthou (Owl and the Cragrat) visits from...
Marc Chrysanthou (Owl and the Cragrat) visits from...
Rock Climbing Photo: Maumau making the reach to transfer into the right...
Maumau making the reach to transfer into the right...
Rock Climbing Photo: This is what this climb is about.  Maumau stemming...
This is what this climb is about. Maumau stemming...
Rock Climbing Photo: Jeff G OS
Jeff G OS
Rock Climbing Photo: Jeff G OS
Jeff G OS
Rock Climbing Photo: Peter Hayes nearing the crux of "Etude",...
Peter Hayes nearing the crux of "Etude",...
Rock Climbing Photo: Etude.
Rock Climbing Photo: Etude
Rock Climbing Photo: Etude
Rock Climbing Photo: Maumau engaged in the crux
Maumau engaged in the crux

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By C Miller
Jan 28, 2006

A great route that's more of a face climb at the crux (fixed pins are usually present); once past the crux the crack is no harder than 5.9 and opens up to wide fingers and then hands. The 2nd pitch is good as well, but most rap off (130') after the 1st.
By Adam Stackhouse
Feb 4, 2006
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

Outstanding climb that sux up nuts and small cams. Exiting P1, a 5.9+ move with shakey pro is encountered. Top notch.
By Chris Owen
From: Big Bear Lake
Feb 24, 2006

A wonderful line. If the pins are good then it's well protected at the crux, although I wouldn't be surprised if the top pin has taken more than its share of shock loading.
By Adam Stackhouse
Mar 20, 2006
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

I indeed gave that top pin a load test....
By Bruce Diffenbaugh
From: Cheyenne,Wyoming
Feb 11, 2008
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

This is defiantly one of my favorite climbs on this side of the valley.A real gem!!
By Will S
From: Joshua Tree
Oct 28, 2008

Fixed pins looked good on 10/26, so good that I whipped onto the 3rd one. Technical and a little tenuous, delicate not powerful. A 70m rope will put you about 15' off the ground in 3rd class terrain from top of p1.
By Tyler Logan
From: Mammoth Lakes, CA
Oct 3, 2009

Both pitches can be combined into one with a 60m rope. The second pitch has an exciting move or two on so-so rock leading to secure jams, and then it joins the last ten feet of Flower of High Rank.
By Adam Stackhouse
Jul 5, 2011
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

Kinda interesting that this doesn't have more comments...
By Souljah
From: Northern NM
Aug 16, 2011

The last time I did this gem was probably mid/late 80's. Same old pins as the first time , except that one was now tweaked (forget which) rendering the eye unclip-able - but providing a reasonably good wired placement #6 ? in a slot between the rock & bent metal. Maybe there's another dinosaur out there that remembers this unorthodox clip ?
From: San Diego, CA
Jan 8, 2012

I've taken a handful of 15 footers on the pin below the crux in the last couple weeks. The final pin is higher now and hard to clip until you've cleared the crux now. 4 pins total. 1 before the 10a traverse down low, 2 below the crux and 1 after the crux
By Simon Hatfield
From: Oakland, CA
May 15, 2012

You can get down to 3rd class terrain by rapping climber's right with a 60m rope from the anchors atop p1, so don't worry if you don't have a 70.

Also, this route is equipped with those great rounded metolius hangars that you can thread your rope right through. Convenient!
By Ryan Kempf
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 18, 2012

As of 9/16/12 there is only one remaining knife blade. It is mid crux above the traverse. There are pin scars where the old pins were that provide excellent pro (especially with C3's). Route is pure, with delicate moves on good rock.
By Richard Border
From: Boulder, CO
May 5, 2014

As of May 2014 the pin at the beginning of the crux section is still there and healthy (I whipped on it repeatedly). As pointed out before, the old pin scars below make bomber micro-cam placements. G.
By johannsolo
From: So Cal
May 7, 2014

I removed two of the three pins in the Summer of 2012 after confirming that bomber small cams can be placed.
By Phil Esra
Jun 30, 2014

I chopped the bolt anchor after confirming that a gear anchor can be built next to it. No, just kidding. One pin @ bottom of crux 6/28/14.
By Tom Hore
Jan 2, 2015

I filled the crack with cement after confirming that the there were bomber crimps on each side of the crack.
By Peter Lewis
From: Bridgton, Maine
Mar 18, 2015

Love the comment thread at the bottom. So, who's going to chisel off the crimps and say the smearing is enough?
By dnaiscool
Mar 25, 2015

I went up wast week at midnight and wap-bolted it with Euro-style Gwoo-ins (14 total) so my winkie didn't get all bunched up, but it was still too skeh-wie, so I packed it wiff axle grease like dey did to my good buddy Todd (RIP) on Park Avenue...or whatevew it wuz kawed... back when meanie peoples wuz crimbing wocks...
Hardy Har Har!!

Anyway, with all due respect, I thought the second pitch was
shee-ite, and detracted serious from the stellar climbing below.(This is the only serious/truthful comment by me in this thread...just in case you did not realize it...)

My recommendation: Rap from those anchor bolts at the money ledge with the 80m, and leave the rope hanging so all the lil' dough-gies can have a run at her!!
Hell, put a "Tip Jar" on the TR and charge by the foot!
Make it "No Falls = Free" for motivation, but money up before chalking!
Spoiler Alert:
Oh...one last thing: make sure to use that small black knob for the right foot at the crux...just sayin'...
By Chitjian
Jun 15, 2015

Got on this route on Saturday 6/13/15 does anybody have any beta on gear placement after the first pin? I placed a small micro nut above the first and only pin and then a few moves later I took a fall, and pulled the micro nut out and whipped on the pin below.
By Patrick Heddins
Jul 24, 2015

Chitjian, I remember placing a great Green Camalot C3 above the pin.
By GoBoy
Oct 26, 2015

I plugged a grey & purple TCU in what looks like the 2nd removed pin scar/pod(?), standing up after the crux. They were a bit shallow, & the stem isn't perfectly down, but I think they're fine.
By Jan Tarculas
From: Riverside, Ca
Apr 3, 2016

as of 4/2/16 there is still 1 pin at top before the crux moves

route can be TRed with a 70M rope using the anchors on top of the 1st pitch, but very close, tie your knots
By Tradoholic
May 29, 2016

Awesome route, I felt a bit runout over the now single pin, there were placements between the pin and the rest but stopping would have taken more energy than it was worth!
By Nathanael
From: Riverside, CA
6 days ago

There are Metolius Rap hangers at the top of P1. These are hangers that you can rap from without the need for quick links or rap rings. So to David that we met at the crag yesterday, you can stop installing quicklinks and complaining when they get pirated. But I do appreciate your efforts.

Also you can get down and TR with a 60m if you scramble up the low angle trough at the start of Flower.
By Adam Stackhouse
6 days ago
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

Bolted belay now?
By Nathanael
From: Riverside, CA
5 days ago

Yes there is a 2 bolt belay at the top of P1.. and based on the comments it's been there since 2012. Or maybe you're asking something else Adam?
By Adam Stackhouse
5 days ago
rating: 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c

Didn't know about the bolted belay. Two/three nuts and a #1 friend is what I used BITD.

Will update the description. Thanks

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