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Rainy Day Woman 

YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV ZA: 10 British: VD 3c

Type:  Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV ZA: 10 British: VD 3c [details]
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Submitted By: Benjamin Chapman on Dec 16, 2011

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BETA PHOTO: Rainy Day Woman. Also a cool trad route on the rig...


On the SE side of the dome, climb the narrow buttress to the right of the broad gulley between the Temple of Ishtar and the Tower of Babel. From the base of buttress climb up 20 ft. and right of the huge cobble. Continue up the buttress on fiction, pockets, and cobbles to anchors on the lower SW shoulder of the summit.


Climbs the narrow buttress, right of the gulley, on the southeastern aspect of the Tower of Babel.


5 bolts and anchor with chains.
The easiest descent is to rappel (Orang-O-Tang) into the notch, to the left of "Rainy Day Woman," and scramble down the gulley to the base.

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A climber moves up the top portion of "Rainy ...
Leading "Rainy Day Woman."
Leading "Rainy Day Woman."

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By karl schmidt
From: Idyllwild, CA
Dec 8, 2014
rating: 5.2 3 8 II 8 D 2c PG13

Easy fun climbing. The sand stone is a little chossy at points and the bolts are spaced (15ft) more trad so it probably was bolted on lead. If you some how managed to take a fall to either side of the ridge you'd take a not so fun and scrapey pendulum swing. Had only a few feet left of my 60 when I rapped back and cleaned the route so be sure to rap off your center point and to not use anything less than a 60.
Be sure to top out after the route. Awesome exposure!

5.2 pg (if you can even give it that low of a danger rating)
By Benjamin Chapman
From: Small Town, USA
Dec 8, 2014

One option for descent is to rappel into the notch to the southwest (to the right if looking down the route from the anchor) toward the summit of the Temple of Ishtar. This only requires a 60 ft rappel and an easy scramble down the broad gulley to the base of "Rainy Day Woman" (the gulley is west of the start of "Rainy Day Woman").
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