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Marie Antoinette 

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

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ British: E1 5a [details]
FA: ?
Fixed Hardware: 2 Lead Bolts [details]
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Submitted By: Tony B on Aug 6, 2001
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Description 

The route between Werks Supp and Bastille Crack on the North face of the Bastille. Thin, clean and un-polished face climbing make this route worthy, but still dificult. Consider moving over right to finish on the route Nexus. The falls could be long, but from the upper face would be fairly clean, assuming you have reached a point of protection.


Protection 

The protection on this route is not as bad as some others. Small nuts can be [creatively] placed. Little wonder the route is rarely done. I am somewhat surprised that it is not more often done. You must be solid at the grade to do this route, but if you are, it is not so bad. Finishing on Nexus adds some variety to the route.



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By Steve "Crusher" Bartlett
Jan 26, 2002

Hmmm, each time I've led this a fixed ring-angle or bolt about thirty or forty feet up is the first piece of gear. This is on easy ground after the crux. This route feels like a VS, or have I been missing something? Anyway, a favorite, with great 5.9 moves on perfect rock. Be there ever so many climbers crawling over the Bastille, there's never a line for Marie Antionette.

By Tony B
From: Around Boulder, CO
Jan 28, 2002

It might be in the range of 20' from the ground, but you can definitely fish in some small nuts/brassies near the line. I believe I got 3(?) pieces in there just before the balance-crux of the pitch. Maybe this was not immediately apparent, but there are placements that should hold a fall. My memory is faded, as we're talking a few years ago, but it seems they were in a seam on the right-hand side of the feature you are climbing and they are pumpy to place. Yeah, you could & probably would get hurt in a fall, but I don't think that it's a necessary grounder or career-ender.

By Steven Lucarelli
From: Moab, UT
Jul 9, 2007
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a X

I climbed this on Friday 7/6 and got in a bomber red Alien at the top of the finger crack but didn't see any other gear till I was in the rock band where the bolt is located. The Alien protects the crux mantle as I slipped there and tested it out first hand. But after the mantle you don't want to fall since the ground is the only thing that's going to stop you at that point.

By Scott Bennett
Apr 20, 2010
rating: 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a X

Agreed that this should be considered "X" rated. I reached out right to clip the first bolt on "Madame Guillotine", and didn't get any pro until the bolt ~20-30' later. Definite groundfall potential on some 5.9 terrain.

I think I saw the RPs Tony was talking about, they're to the left of the line and I didn't place them because my last piece (the MG bolt) was down and to my right. Either way, the RPs didn't look great. You should probably be comfortable soloing Eldo 5.9 face climbing before getting on this one.

-Scott

By David A. Turner
Oct 14, 2010
rating: 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a X

Might as well leave the rope in the pack, because it's only extra weight.