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Flail Out 

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

   
Type:  Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Gary Hicks and Sylvie Walker on May 4th, 1985
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Submitted By: Bill Lawry on Sep 6, 2008  with updates from Gary Lee Hicks

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Eric G working it out. Camera courtesy of Howard ...

Description 

Starting beneath the snout of rock, navigate to the left side and up over loose plates. The line continues up the obvious crack in solid granite. About 3/4 of the way up is a 2 or 3 inch chockstone after which the difficulty of the climbing eases. Continue to a gear belay near the top of the first pitch of Gemstone. From there, we continued up the route Christian Rock.

The old Loucks' guide rates both this route and Gemstone as 5.9. This route is more sustained than P2 of Gemstone.

Location 

Hike to climber's left past the overhanging aid boulder and continue about 3/4 of the way to Gemstone route. See a marked up version of Monomaniac's photo on the Gemstone West page.

Protection 

Standard rack up to 3+ inches. I used a fairly open BD C4 #3 just below the chockstone; a 3.5 would probably have been perfect. Not far below that I used a BD C4 #4.



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By Gary Lee Hicks
Jul 10, 2015

This was Sylvie's very first rock climb and she had only her tennis shoes to climb with! She had never belayed so I brought her to what I thought was going to be a pretty easy climb for her as I considered Gemstone too tough for a beginner.
As I led up past the "snout"... I had to clean a lot of material out of the crack. With no hangs I managed to push on through and set a belay. Sylvie followed in her tennies and only had to hang on the rope a couple of times ( and maybe a little hand over hand up the rope in a place or two ). She was a natural climber!!!
Not long after this she would follow me up The Happy Gnome and Aviary Ort ...
Eventually she and I did a "no hands" ascent of Grack Crack on Glacier Point Apron .
I had always just called this climb, "Sylvie in Her Tennies" and I have done it more than once. "Flail Out" will suffice.
By Bill Lawry
From: New Mexico
Jul 10, 2015

Gary, I like the story. It wouldn't take much of a nudge from you for this route to be renamed "Sylvie in Her Tennies." I doubt anyone would object.
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