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Sea of Holes 

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

   
Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 400'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10- French: 6a Ewbanks: 18 UIAA: VI+ British: E1 5a [details]
FA: Nordblom & Smith - 1988
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Submitted By: Josh Janes on Mar 27, 2005
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Description 

Sea of Holes is a three pitch line at the far left side of the Brass Wall. It is tough to locate based on Swain's topo, but it is just left of a chimney system with a few bushes in it higher up. The climbing is spicey in spots, but there is ample gear and I don't think it deserves the "R" rating. Also, it is very easy for the 5.10 grade. I felt it checked in at 5.9.

P1: climb a dirty chimney system to a nice crack and face. Belay at slings on a ledge.

P2: traverse left across huge holes and jugs and pull the roof at the left end through a crack. Continue up staying fairly close to the lefthand arete for quite a long ways to a single bolt and fixed wire belay.

P3: continue straight up for a long pitch of face climbing. Belay at the very top of a buttress.

The raps begin just right of and below the belay at the top of the buttress. This is on the (climber's) left wall of the gully/chimney system. Rap down this chimney to the ground - make sure you have two ropes.


Protection 

SR. Two ropes.



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