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Le Gourmet Direct 

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

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 100'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ British: MVS 4b [details]
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Submitted By: Brian Adzima on Feb 8, 2007

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BETA PHOTO: The rope is more or less going down breakneck. The...

Description 

Climb to the right of the pine tree. From here on look for the easiest climbing. Near the top work to the arÍte at left and move on to the west facing wall. Over 100 ft. Despite the name this route wanders back and forth across the south facing wall beside the traffic jam rappel. It feels like 5.8 climbing.


Location 

Located below the Traffic Jam rappel. Start at the west side of the south facing wall.


Protection 

There are at least 4 decrepit pitons (2004), clip at your on risk.



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Pat leading the direct start of Le Gourmet.
Pat leading the direct start of Le Gourmet.
start of Le Gourmet
BETA PHOTO: start of Le Gourmet
Pat higher up the route.
Pat higher up the route.
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By Andy Weinmann
From: Alexandria, VA
Aug 1, 2011
rating: 5.7+ 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b

Be very careful on this route. There are some rather large loose blocks (more or less on the center line/left of center) that will eventually go and the base of Traffic Jam/Neck Press rappel is right there. Sketchy!

By BredStache
Apr 23, 2013
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b

There is a fair amount of loose rock on this route, even by Seneca standards. The best line is tricky to find and wanders across the right-facing corner. It DOES make the first two pitches of Le Gourmet into one pitch, but this is unlikely to save you much time.

Overall, it's somewhere between OK and Good. I wouldn't go out of my way to do it, but if you've exhausted the 5.6ish routes at Seneca, it's not a bad route to push your route-finding skills.

Photo credit: RESLScience 2012

Brendan cleans a piece mid-route as John belays from a hanging belay near the top of the pitch. This could have been one pitch but John couldn't find the 6 more slings bundled up on his harness, d'oh! <br /> <br />Photo Credit: RESLScience 2012
Brendan cleans a piece mid-route as John belays from a hanging belay near the top of the pitch. This could have been one pitch but John couldn't find the 6 more slings bundled up on his harness, d'oh!

Photo Credit: RESLScience 2012