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Face Ouest 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Normand Cadieux, Edouard Pierre Gagnon, summer 1977
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Submitted By: Luc on May 16, 2013

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Description 

Start on the midway ledge, going up the cave on the outer left corner of the Needle.
Exit the cave by the right side and move up a flake.
Once you feet clear the roof, traverse left and to a beautiful fingercrack to the top.

Protection 

Small to medium rack.
Belay/rap anchor on top, need a 60m+ rope to rap.


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By tsherry
From: Houston, TX
Apr 24, 2014

Fun route with fun moves. Crack might be a little harder than 5.9.
By Daniel Israel
From: Montreal, Quebec
May 22, 2014

that's good to know!!
By Daniel Israel
From: Montreal, Quebec
Jul 5, 2014

I had a hard time exiting the cave, and it takes some trickery to protect the flake while either; 1) not exploding it (although it sounds solid), or 2), not freaking your second out when their next piece is 4 meters left and at their waist through an airy move.

For the cave, I was afraid of the fall potential since I protected as to avoid rope drag.

For the crack itself, I just found the short steep portion to be fairly sustained, so it was hard to make placements.

BETA WARNING: a large part of the steep crack section is larger inside than on the outside. It's flake like in the front of the crack, but then opens up significantly in the back. The problem is that It makes placing cams tricky, and seeing as the route is sustained in that section, I found it hard to place nuts.

I will do it again, and one special adjustment that I'll make, is presling some nuts.

P.S. My 2 star rating is due to the fact that this route freaked me out. And of course, if you're good, you could just not protect the flake.