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I Did It My Way 

YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ British: E1 5a R

   
Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Pat Ament, early 1970s
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Submitted By: Tony B on Dec 8, 2001
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Description 

Find the first pitch of Tagger via the route description on the page for that route. From below Tagger's first pitch, look slightly left to see a seam and right-facing feature fron the ground. This feature diagonals up and right to join Tagger from the left, under that the Tagger roof (pitch 1). Climb the face and seam/flake to up under the roof, where the cracks join, then follow as for Tagger.

The line is not very independent and is not very noteworthy, but for the mind game of committing to the small moves on little gear.


Protection 

Small pieces + standard rack. This can be TR'd from anchors above P1 of Tagger.



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By Bryson Slothower
Jun 19, 2002

This variation which seems to have become the standard start to Tagger has never felt any harder than 5.9 to me and it protecs pretty well especially if you have some Ballnuts.........

By Ivan Rezucha
From: Fort Collins, CO
Mar 4, 2007

I think this is NOT the standard start to Tagger as Bryson suggests but rather this is further left, just right of Across the River From Butt Hair. There is a line that enters a right facing corner, moves left the the rib that separates ATRFBH and this route, and then continues up the right side of the rib to the final hard moves of P1 of Tagger. I haven't led this yet, but have TR'd it 4 or 5 times. Gear would be mediocre until you get established on the rib at which point you can "cheat" and get some gear on ATRFBH. This and P1 of ATRFBH are worth doing on TR after doing P1 of Tagger.