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Between the Queens 
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Jack of Spades 
King's Throne 
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Missing Link 
Plank, The 
Queen's Face 
Queen's Throne 
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Throne Room 
Tilted Tower 
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Jack of Spades 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V British: S 4b

Type:  Trad, TR, 1 pitch, 40'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: Unknown
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Submitted By: Maikey Lopera on Jul 17, 2004
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BETA PHOTO: Jack of Spades (5.6) goes up the diagonal crack an...


The wall is to the right of the gully that runs right and up of Queens Throne. The route is the prominent diagonal crack on the face. The crack runs for around 25 feet and ends on the bottom left side of a small _headwall_. This small _headwall_ (around 10 feet) is the crux of the route and what makes it interesting. Climb it just right of the corner on small edges.


Big nuts (# 10-13) and 1-2 medium size cams (up to 2.5_) for diagonal crack. A Wild Country 1.75_ cam fits nicely on the horizontal crack at the base of the small headwall. To protect the final moves to top out use small size nuts (#2-4) in thin cracks on the face. On top use either tree behind big blocks on summit ledge or big nuts (#9-11) on big blocks sitting on top of the summit ledge.

NOTE: The sizes given for nuts correspond to BD stoppers. If using different kind of nuts for pro compare to BD stoppers first to choose the appropriate size. When a size of cam is given the brand is specified to avoid confusion.

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By Doug Hemken
Aug 1, 2005
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c

An alternate finish is to move around the right hand corner of the summit block, and finish up just to the right of the corner, 5.8 or 5.9. Protection is at the base of the summit block, a nest of opposed nuts or small cams.