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Ligneous Embracer 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9+ French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Tom Helvie, 7/92
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Submitted By: Rog on Aug 1, 2001
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Me climbing past the 2nd bolt.


As far as locating the route, the best I can suggest is approaching from Penitente and looking straight ahead as you enter Rock Garden proper. As a 5.9 leader, my eyes went straight to the route - a steep slab & rather long route for the area.

The start can be made a bit easier by staying in the left hand groove / crack in order to clip the first (and second?) bolt(s). Trust your feet & keep moving up. This is very fun and fairly sustained. It is a great reason to hike into the Rock Garden & start exploring.


8 bolts + anchor.

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By Jim Carlson
Dec 4, 2001

This one has 9 bolts prior to the anchors. The book says 8, but there are 9. You can maybe skip one down low, but why not use 'em if you got 'em! Fun route!

By Larry Earley
From: Los Alamos, NM
Jul 3, 2003

Great climb. The bottom half is quality. Long climb at Rock Garden. Give it a try.

By Dean Cool
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 19, 2008

Don't miss this climb! It's easy and fun if you can trust your feet. Well protected and gets afternoon shade on those hot days.

By George Bell
From: Boulder, CO
Sep 19, 2008

Ligneous: "of or resembling wood". So the route name means "tree hugger".