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Gifts From Attu 

YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10c French: 6b Ewbanks: 20 UIAA: VII ZA: 20 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Lee Hansche 10/25
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Submitted By: lee hansche on Oct 25, 2011

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here's the route


Now the farthest bolt line right at Yellow Knife. Not your average Yellow Knife route, a bit steeper and most of the holds are pretty big.

I recommend the belayer anchors to the tree off to the right. I removed all the loose stuff I could find but if something came off you'd want to be out of the way.

From the ledge you can climb to the left of the 1st bolt (stick clip it for safety) on small crimps with great sequence. Or to the right on an easier crack layback. Either way you get to a nice stance on a ledge. Move left to the arete and up (a hollow flake seems to be holding but be gentle). Continue to an undercling move that gains the final pumpy face. Mostly good holds with a crimp or two thrown in for spice.

The name is a reference to a small island that is the western most point in Alaska. Hardcore bird watchers go there in hopes of seeing some Russian birds on US soil. Birding is almost as crazy as climbing, haha.


Up and right from Cow Patty (5.10a) there is a small but comfortable ledge with a few small trees on it. Scamper up the gully to this ledge and walk left on it to it's end. Climb up and left following bolts.


6 bolts to Anchors

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By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Mar 9, 2012

I went back and climbed this again and found it to be more fun than I had remembered. A worth while climb if a bit out of the way.
By mrc
Apr 18, 2012

I really enjoyed this Lee. Without any chalk marks I blew the on sight by not finding the good hold above the last bolt before the anchors, but it should be an ok red point.

One word of caution, there was some pretty sizable loose rock on this. The large flake you mentioned at the start is still there and wobbling triumphantly, but 1/2 way up on the right above the ledge there are two flakes that could easily come off.
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Apr 18, 2012

glad you got on it! thanks for the feed back... sorry if a missed some loose rocks... the big flake i had deemed safe, ill have to check it again... the upper stuff i must not have seen... the holds i use are all secure...
By Harrison Harb
From: Portland, Or
Oct 24, 2013

Word of caution. Make sure your feet are solid at the start. I had a toe crumble away and took an unexpected fall smacking the ledge. Now I have a very sore heel...
By lee hansche
From: goffstown, nh
Oct 24, 2013

arrrgg that sucks :/ i tried to get most of the crumbles off of there... did you do the rest of the route? the rock gets way better after that...
glad you got on it but bummed about your sore heel...
By Harrison Harb
From: Portland, Or
Oct 25, 2013

Didn't get to finish it (took about twenty minutes for me to stand up and then suffer through the longgg hike out)...next time I'm out there I will. Looked like a cool line!