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Moby Dick, Left 
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Moby Dick, Left 

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

   
Type: Trad, 2 pitches
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Bob Kamps, Frank Sacherer, 10/63.
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Submitted By: Blitzo on Oct 16, 2006
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Climb a flared chimney for two pitches to the dreamy ledge on top of Moby Dick.
Rappel 160'.


Protection 

Pro to 3".



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By Bryan G
From: San Jose
Feb 14, 2011

This is one of those 5.9's that will feel hard even to the experienced 5.10 leader. The chimney has a mean lean to it which combined with the flare and polish all work to spit you out. It felt way harder and less secure than the 5.9 squeeze chimney atop Midterm.

The short second pitch is fun and worth doing. It can be linked with the first, although you will likely have substantial rope drag by the top.

Blitzo has a reputation for sandbagging the gear recommendations on these wide climbs, but this is one where you really can leave the big cams on the ground. I dragged a #5 and #6 all the way to the top of this thing for no reason. Doubles to 4" is all you need to protect it.