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Grim-Ace Face 

YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: E1 5a PG13

Type: Trad, 3 pitches, 200'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Jim McCarthy, Royal and Liz Robbins, 1966
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Submitted By: Ross Fadely on Jan 10, 2008
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Great route that is not for the meek or inexperienced. Loose rock is found on the first two pitches, but it's not a horror show.

P1- Climb the nice, steep face to the obvious ledge. Belay below the right facing corner.

P2- A good pitch; keep a watchful eye out for loose rock. Climb the right facing corner and traverse a few feet under the overhang. Climb up and left over the hang via some exciting moves. Continue straight up past more questionable stone to the GT and a short, right-facing corner.

P3- Wild and committing! Up the short corner, then traverse under the overhang. Begin the grunt-fest by pulling the overhang at a short left facing corner. Continue up to the Shockley's Ceiling belay.

From the top, descend via a bolted rappel line over Strictly From Nowhere.


15 feet right of PR and about 50 feet right of Shockley's Ceiling.


Standard rack to 3".

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Tricia nearing the top of P2
Unknown climber pulled the roof on Grim-Face Ace. Perfect style! This dude made it look easy.
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By eric larson
From: aurora, co
Apr 16, 2008
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a

be very very careful when topping out the 2nd pitch.. there is a huge loose rock that is just asking to be pulled on... A, it will scare the shit out of you when you pull on it and it rocks.. and B if it does fall it would take out your belayer.. so, as always in the gunks, use caution.

that being said, pitch 3 has yet another gunks classic ceiling! Bring out the balls of steel and iron ovaries for this one!

By gblauer
From: Wayne, PA
May 25, 2009

This is one of the best 9's on the planet. Full of variety; face, roofs, traverses and one major commitment on P3. It's ballsy alright, but, tons of fun.

By bheller
From: SL UT
Oct 22, 2010

Glad you enjoyed it... spend a bit more time traveling the planet:)