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High Plains Drifter 

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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 40'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Ripley Casdorph, Louie Anderson and Geoff Archer, 1990
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Submitted By: Woody Stark on Dec 26, 2001

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It's "ugly" as Bartlett states in his guide; and it certainly is. It's also awkward and quite strenuous. I put off climbing it for a number of years until I no longer had and excuse other than I'm not a masochist. Do it on an empty stomach.


Gear to 3", 2 bolt anchor/rap

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Rock Climbing Photo: Go up left crack until it ends, then move right.
BETA PHOTO: Go up left crack until it ends, then move right.
Rock Climbing Photo: High Plains Drifter (5.9), Joshua Tree NP
BETA PHOTO: High Plains Drifter (5.9), Joshua Tree NP

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By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Jan 16, 2005
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

Protects OK if you ignore the rack beta in Vogel's book. Take a few pieces bigger than 2" and place solid pro before the 'barf move.'
By C Miller
Feb 2, 2005
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

Awkward, but solid jamming skills take the bite out of it. Short and somewhat forgettable at half a star out five.
By Brandt Allen
From: Joshua Tree, Cal
Aug 18, 2009

The Bartlett guide clearly locates this route as right of the "ugly chimney." Thin hand jams through the crux bulge low on the route lead to easier climbing up the discontinuous crack above.
By Avi Katz
Jan 9, 2013
rating: 5.10- 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a

great fist jam at the bottom. easily protected crux with a 4 or 4.5

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