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YDS: 5.11c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII- British: E4 6a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11c/d French: 7a Ewbanks: 24 UIAA: VIII British: E4 6a [details]
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Submitted By: montay on Jan 1, 2001
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To find this route, hike into the Gallery Canyon and head up to Menses' Prow. Hike left (west) just past the California Ethics pinnacle. Behind the pinnacle is a lovely hand crack/chimney with guano. To the left of it is a bolted route that starts below a nice looking flake.

Ascend through pleasant technical, but not too difficult moves. After you have passed the flake the climbing will ease up for a bit. However, be sure to save yourself for the end.

It is a good route.


Van Horn says 4 bolts and gives it an "s" rating. However, my notes say 8 bolts (and it really isn't scary, trust me, I'm a wuss).

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By montay
Oct 18, 2001

My mistake on the grade. It should be 5.11c.

By Bob Robertson
Nov 11, 2004
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a

Great climb with the crux at the last bolt.This climb is way harder then 5.11c.I've done 5.12a that are much easer.

By Tod Anderson
May 16, 2005
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a

Good quality - first hanger needs replacing.

By Caleb Phillips
From: Boulder, CO
Oct 19, 2009
rating: 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a

Meh, first hanger is a home-made red angle-iron type and looks bomber as hell, but maybe that's just me.

By Joe Huggins
From: 666 Rue le Jour-Edge City
Oct 17, 2010

Did this yesterday; thought the moves at the last bolt were way stout for .11c. Nice line, but I have to wonder if I was missing something.

By Austin Cooner
Nov 12, 2012
rating: 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a

Agree, way harder than 11c. If you're short, the moves at the top feel 12ish.

By Ben Hall
From: Boulder, Colorado
Feb 14, 2013

Guidebook gives this route 11d/12a slash grade. I agree with the guidebook. Nevertheless, probably one of the best routes at Menses Prow. 11c onsight is comical; 11d/12a climbers, be warned.