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Merci Me 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- British: HVS 4c R

   
Type:  Sport, 2 pitches, 190'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8- French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- British: VS 4c [details]
FA: P1: Jim Sinclair, Dave Harris, (Eric Lance, Alex Bertulis) Sept. 1967. P2: Dean Hart, Jim Sinclair July 1969
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Submitted By: Steven Lucarelli on Aug 26, 2009
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Carrie following the first pitch of Merci Me.

Description 

Merci Me is a fun face route that continues for two more pitches where Apron Strings ends. It's pretty runout (there are only eight bolts total for both pitches combined) but the climbing isn't that hard and most leaders that can climb Apron Strings should be fine.


Location 

Merci Me starts where Apron Strings ends. Two double rope rappels down the same route or using the anchor at the top of pitch one for Grey Matter will get you to the Flake Trail (I think one 70m rope might work but I'm not 100% on that, find out first!) From here you can scramble down the Flake Trail or do one more 60m rappel down Sense of Urgency to the ground.


Protection 

Pitch one has three bolts to a two bolt anchor, pitch two has five bolts to a two bolt anchor.



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Not quite to the first bolt.
Not quite to the first bolt.
belay at top of Pitch 1, and view of Pitch 2
belay at top of Pitch 1, and view of Pitch 2
Steven leading pitch two of Merci Me.
Steven leading pitch two of Merci Me.
Negotiating the chain on the approach
Negotiating the chain on the approach
pitch 2 is as scary as pitch 1!
pitch 2 is as scary as pitch 1!
pitch 1 --- too runout for me to want to lead!
pitch 1 --- too runout for me to want to lead!
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By Daryl Allan
From: Sierra Vista, AZ
Jun 24, 2011

R - rated sport route?

By Peter Spindloe
From: North Vancouver, BC
Jun 24, 2011

Sport, in the sense that it's climbed with draws (although I place one cam on the second pitch). I agree that it really shouldn't be called a sport route any more than the slab horror shows on the Apron or Shannon Fall should be.

By Matt Hoffmann
From: Squamish
Sep 26, 2012
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c PG13

Very real runout on positive edges. Just keep breathing and it's all there.