|Consensus:||YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]|
|Submitted By:||George Bell on Nov 4, 2001|
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By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Sep 16, 2002
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
I did this route on Saturday and was actually pretty impressed. It would be a darn fine route if cleaned, but the lichen on it makes for some bother. Without getting too far into the ethical debates of removing lichen... If this were to be cleaned, the proper way to do so in this situation would be with a short-bristled dust broom. The second could come up and more or less sweep the bad patches off. If this were done maybe twice, it would turn a 1-star pitch into a stellar climb.
This is a 1-star route as is, but if someone were to clean it WELL, it would easily become a 2* route. If it were clean and onthe bastille, it would be one of the best pitches there and people would rave about it as a 3* route.
This climb is mighty tough for 5.8. Particularly if started from the Jim Ericson "direct start"
By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Jan 31, 2003
|Did the direct start today on the route - it is burly but well protected 5.9, definitely a fun and recommended variation to this route. We also managed to do the move past the tree without using the tree! The Third was crowded today with all the people squeezing in an ascent before the Falcon closure tomorrow!|