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Pipe Cleaner 

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

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 110'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Arjun Heimsath and David Sampson
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: arjunmh on Apr 9, 2013

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AMH at the top after the ground up FA - photo by D...


Start in a wide crack that you can protect well and stem up to avoid potential loose rock. From the main ledge place good gear in the north facing crack system and pull a bulge to access a nice right leaning hand crack that leads to mellow face climbing. A few 5.9 moves and some careful movement to avoid loose rock. We cleaned some, but not all of the rocks off (dogs below). Rock quality for gear is great, just watch what you step on and pull on!

Two bolt anchor with quick links and biners THAT ARE NOT BOOTY.


Upslope from Proto Pipe, this route goes up the prominent crack system to a ledge and then up the north facing crack-face system to end up higher than the top of Proto Pipe on a narrow top.


Doubles to #3 would be safe, though you'll likely use much less. 6-8 longer draws.

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By David Arthur Sampson
Apr 10, 2013

Nice ground up FA Arjun! Good job. This was a fun route.
By arjunmh
From: Phoenix, AZ
Apr 10, 2013

Thanks David, and yes, it is a fun route and awesome views from the top. This too will clean up nicely when we don't have dogs lounging around the base.
By ldsclimber
From: Santan Valley, AZ
Apr 12, 2013

Thats awesome that you guys beat me to it! I was eying it. Now its a race to see who stands on the top of the small pole to the west of it. Im glad to see more routes going up in this very worth while area!

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