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West Ridge - part F - The Potato Chip
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Chives T 
Don't Peel T 
Eye of the Potato T,TR 
French Fry T,S 
Ground Control T 
Hypothermia T 
Idaho Express T 
Mountain Jam T 
Mr. Potato Head S 
Petite Giraffe T 
Poor Man's Wendego T 
Potato Chip Route (Regular Route) T 
Ruffles Have Ridges T 
Sour Cream T 
Treetop Flyer T 

French Fry 

YDS: 5.12b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6b

   
Type:  Trad, Sport
Consensus:  YDS: 5.12b French: 7b Ewbanks: 26 UIAA: VIII+ ZA: 26 British: E5 6b [details]
FA: Horan and Adams
Fixed Hardware: 4 Lead Bolts [details]
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Submitted By: Alex Shainman on May 10, 2002

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Killer position, awesome moves, but man what a pile! After I unweighted the first left foothold it crumbled, larger loose holds to the top...Which way is up? After the fourth bolt I was'nt sure where to go, so I went up. A bit hairy, but I did'nt have a sling to drape over this huge (loose) flake. Once on top...Where the *@&% is the anchor?? So I straddled the summit, lowered down my end to get two long tied runners and a big link to sling around the summit... Anyway, there is a defined crux getting to the third bolt. Basically, some good powerful moves with loose holds...Two stars I guess.

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4 QD's and shoulder length sling


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By alan_doak
Nov 21, 2005

It seemed really clean (and thin) when I was up there last weekend. Maybe Alex removed the last of the thin chips and flakes while he was up there. Great position leaves you wintering in the sun long after everything else is in the shade. The chains are easy to scramble to so we ended up toproping the route, but it looks like a blue or yellow TCU and sling would be useful past the 4th bolt. But, by that time the climbing eases up considerably.

Even though the route is so short, I would give it 3 stars. I'll [definitely] be back up there to get the redpoint.