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Grand Jam Left 

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

   
Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Unknown
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Submitted By: James Beissel on Apr 2, 2008

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Description 

This is the left of the three cracks on The Topknot. Climb about 15' of 5.9 face on crimps and knobs to gain a finger crack with some bomber locks. Cruise the crack to the top.

Location 

Approach by climbing any of the standard routes up the Fourth Elephant Buttress, or hike up and around the north side of the Elephant Buttress and scramble down through the notch between the third and fourth to access the west face of The Topknot.

To set a toprope or descend, scramble up/down easy rock on the north or southwest sides of The Topknot.

Protection 

Standard rack. The crux is at the bottom, is unprotected, and the landing zone is not very friendly. After that the protection is good. Easy toprope set up with boulders and a tree.


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By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
May 8, 2008
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R

A 2 meter boulder problem with a terrible landing followed by about 6 meters of easy climbing, it that. Fun to do if you are there, but not worth going to as a destination.
By Nick Przybysz
From: Boulder, CO
Jul 3, 2010

A couple of those flakes up top seemed pretty loose to me. I'd avoid pulling too hard on them.