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West Ridge - part F - The Potato Chip
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Petite Giraffe 

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

Type:  Trad
FA: M. Brooks, 1981
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Submitted By: Tony B on Apr 28, 2002
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Follow the directions as for The Potato Chip route. About 80' uphill to the left of The Potato Chip itself, you can see a crack that ascends to an outward-overhanging wide section. Start from a little corner on the ground (right facing alcove for the belay). Climb the first 15' of rock to get situated below the bomb-bay offwidth. Place a piece of gear, then make surprisingly easy moves to layback and under and around the crack, moving out and left. A few small but solid incuts up and left on the arete complement the reasonably good foot holds, and make this section pretty comfortable without much gear nearby.

Use some heal-toe lock, knee bars, arm bars or chicken wings in the crack while you fiddle in a #4 Camalot. Move up past the short OW section (6' at most of real OW) and then climb up 60' more of various cracks overhead, at a moderate grade.

All in all, this route felt very easy for it's given 5.9 grade. We believe it to be 5.8, unless it is your first offwidth.

Descend by walking around left (NW) past a single [summit] block, then down and left to the pine tree and down the ridge as described for Sour Cream and Ruffles Have Ridges.


A standard Eldo rack + one #4 Camalot

A [single] #4.5 or #5 Camalot will help if you are at your limit or don't climb O.W. well, but the route is reasonably safe without any OW gear

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