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Ribs 

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

   
Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 130'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.4 French: 4a Ewbanks: 12 UIAA: IV British: VD 3c [details]
FA: Hans Kraus and Bonnie Prudden, 1953
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Submitted By: Adam Catalano on Apr 3, 2006
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Description 

An easy face climb, passing many horizontals.

Approach: Use the access trail that heads up just where there Stairmaster reaches the Carriage Trail, a 4-minute walk from the Uberfall. At the cliff, walk left and locate Arch, a prominent rock arch above the East Trapps Connector Trail. Ribs starts at the prominent, hanging arete well below the right side of the arch.

P1: Gain the large arete from the side, then traverse over to the middle of the face on the right. Climb nearly a straight line up to the GT ledge, with one or two overhang moves just before the finish. 5.5, 130'. You can also stop at the bolted rap station at 80'; this is a common toproping spot for beginners and guided groups.

Descent: There are bolted rap stations at both 80' and the GT ledge.


Protection 

Cams of all sizes in horizontals. Pass one bong and rap chains midway up.



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By Adam Catalano
From: Albany, New York
Apr 3, 2006

This climb goes straight up a rappel highway. Wear a helmet. The ledges above have loose rock and even a soft rope can hurt when it's tossed from 100'. Just ask my wife...

By CynthiaP
Oct 31, 2010

There is a VERY LARGE and VERY LOOSE rock about 5 ft below the GT ledge rappel station.

By Kevin Heckeler
From: Upstate New York
Apr 3, 2011

The first pitch was a good face climb. Rappelers should exercise caution and practice etiquette. We had no problems today but can easily see how it could get out of hand. The climb veers you slightly right naturally, and that's in direct line with the rappel route.

By Kevin Heckeler
From: Upstate New York
Apr 21, 2012

We did this as two pitches to the GT. the second half of the climb past the chains was nothing special and we'll probably just stop at the chains next time.

By CraigM
Apr 30, 2012

Both pitches eat tricams. Feet are all there, you just need to look :) The first ledge you rap onto from the 2nd pitch has a rock (2 ft wide x 1 ft high) just chilling there. VERY LOOSE! Be careful.

By gblauer
From: Wayne, PA
Sep 25, 2012

I just don't like this climb. There, I said it. (I don't know why I don't like it)

By Russ Keane
Nov 26, 2013

Boring, but it's a decent warm-up, or a stay-warm and busy while you are waiting for Arch. It gives you a good view of Arch as well. In fact as the description says, you can get over to the tree on Arch and keep going up. Or rappel from that tree, which is actually fun as well.