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Girdle Traverse of Whitehorse Ledge
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Girdle Traverse of Whitehorse Ledge 

Girdle Traverse of Whitehorse Ledge 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- British: HVS 4c A0 PG13

Type:  Trad, Aid, 18 pitches, 2000'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- British: HVS 4c A0 [details]
FA: Paul Ross
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Submitted By: john strand on Jul 1, 2008
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Basically starts on Beginners Route and ends at the top left edge of the South Buttress. A nice climb that covers a lot of ground at a moderate grade. From beginners, move up and left to the Standard Arch, cross left over Sliding Board and keep going left over Dike route and then onto a ledge system above the Echo roof. Down climb a little and you are atop Loose Lips/Children's Crusade. Rap and swing left to the Eliminate and a cool ramp/ledge system that goes all the way to Lost Souls/Atlantis. Climb the big corner on Atlantis to the ledge then go left, way over to a left facing corner(5.8). 3 bolts (A0) get you to the top.


As described, the line is actually pretty obvious and natural. This one will really teach you a lot about rope work and moving quickly. 4-8 hours


Pro is OK but spaced with a lot of traversing

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By John Braun
From: Hendersonville, NC
Apr 1, 2012

Anybody have more beta on this route? Rack suggestions? How is the route-finding if you haven't climbed a lot at Whitehorse?

By john strand
From: southern colo
Apr 1, 2012

I have not done this climb in ages but-- small rack to maybe 3" , a fair number of slings and 2 ropes OR a tag line. You may be able to do the rap/swing halfway with a single 70m, but i don't know for sure.
Once you are across the slabs, a long ledge system goes all the way across the south butt to the Inferno area.