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YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a

Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 170'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10a French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 18 British: E1 5a [details]
FA: John Rosholt in 1975
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Submitted By: aaron voreis on Aug 13, 2004

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You'll find this gem of a splitter located high up on the left side of the first buttress on the north-facing wall of an obvious, right-facing corner. Scramble up to the base of the route and climb a weird move off the ground towards the corner. Climb 5.8 stemming/jamming to a sloping ledge. Continue on stellar face climbing until you are at the base of the splitter. Enjoy the rest! This route can also be split into two pitches by belaying at the sloping ledge.

Descent: Double rope rap off three cold shuts on the prow (Cigarette .11c) climber's left of the splitter.


Green Alien to #3 Camalot w/extra #0.75 and #1. Nuts. Draws and slings.

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Sassafras is directly left of the dihedral. Awesome climb!
BETA PHOTO: Sassafras is directly left of the dihedral. Awesom...
Amy Haessly about to enjoy the most quality aspect of Sasafrass.
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By phil broscovak
Aug 18, 2004

....[FA] No springs or sticky shoes either.

By aaron voreis
Sep 20, 2004

It is much more enjoyable to finish the route to the left and belay from 3 coldshuts instead of bailing into the chimney on the right.

By phil broscovak
Sep 21, 2004

Originally the route finished up the slab half way between the bail-out into Dunn's to the right and the moves out left to the bolts. This was a really excellent and spicy way to top out. I just did this route a month or two ago and we went left to the bolts. Very nice but no where near as edgy as going straight up to the big boulder. All in all, no matter which way you top out this is a fabulous climb!

By Mike Carnes
Jul 29, 2005

What a fun little pitch. I've done all three exits. Right into Dunn's the first time I did it with nuts and tri-cams, I think it was my first 5.10 lead. Traversing left to the bolts when they were put in later on (I got cams by then) and up the slab after hearing that was the original line. and up the slab is definitely the crux of the route. Highly recommend this finish over the others.