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It's a Wonderful Life 

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

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Erik Farley, MIke Dunne, 1997
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Submitted By: Adam Leedy on Mar 8, 2009

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Description 

Good climbing for a 9. This is a really fun route and the view is amazing. The crux comes just after clipping the third bolt. Another hard section to clip the second bolt above the huge rest ledge. Can be done in two pitches to reduce rope drag. Climb to giant rest ledge, belay the second up, then climb the second pitch. Usually done in one pitch though.
Can top out to a second set of anchors also. It is a bit run out from the firs set to the second set and the climbing doesn't ease up much.

Location 

This route ascends the arete on the front of the main pinnacle. 5.9 R to the top if you wish to top the route out.

Protection 

Sport line but some of the bolts are pretty loose and spiny. Huge runout on super easy terrain at the rest ledge thus the reason for the PG13.


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By Kyndklimber
From: Grand Rapids
May 14, 2009

Great sport route.... first bolt is offten missing and if its not missing its always lose!
By Michael Day!
From: Boulder, CO
Jun 10, 2012

I just climbed this today and didn't notice any loose bolts, there were some old ones removed and partially remaining so maybe the bolts have recently been replaced. This is a good climb but kinda had me sweating for a 5.9, especially when a wasp came out of a hand hold and made some attempts to sting me!
By Alex Mitchell
From: Cincinnati, OH
Sep 5, 2012
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a

This route is not PG-13! Even before they replaced the bolts the ones that were there did not seem that bad! Fun route with a really cool top out onto a pinacle. Gets blasted with sun!
By Katie Boue
From: my big yellow van, USA
Nov 9, 2013

You gotta top this one out and enjoy the view from the top!