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Shark's Fin Arete 

YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b

   
Type:  Sport
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
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Submitted By: Blitzo on Oct 22, 2006

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Description 

This climbs the right side of the East Face past 7 bolts. A bit chossy at the start.

Protection 

Draws.


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Shark Fin Arete with Mt Whitney in background
Shark Fin Arete with Mt Whitney in background
Cosmic on the Sharks Fin Arete
Cosmic on the Sharks Fin Arete
Dan on TR up the arete.
Dan on TR up the arete.
Larry enjoying the view around the corner...
Larry enjoying the view around the corner...
big booty boy enjoying the shark's fin
BETA PHOTO: big booty boy enjoying the shark's fin
Rich enjoying a bit of Shark Fin Arete (.7) whilst...
Rich enjoying a bit of Shark Fin Arete (.7) whilst...
"Shark's Fin Arete". Photo by Blitzo.
BETA PHOTO: "Shark's Fin Arete". Photo by Blitzo.
"Shark's Fin Arete". Photo by Blitzo.
"Shark's Fin Arete". Photo by Blitzo.
The nearby rocks provide convenient shade for bela...
BETA PHOTO: The nearby rocks provide convenient shade for bela...
Shark's fin, Alabama hills
Shark's fin, Alabama hills
Big booty boy (myself) enjoying the shaded Sharks ...
BETA PHOTO: Big booty boy (myself) enjoying the shaded Sharks ...
Just leaving the ground...
Just leaving the ground...
Enjoying some Shark Fin Arete (.7)  Photo courtesy...
Enjoying some Shark Fin Arete (.7) Photo courtesy...
Slightly different perspective
Slightly different perspective

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By Josh Hibbard
From: Los Angeles Area, CA
Mar 26, 2007

A star or two if only for the view of Whitney!
By 46and2
From: Las Vegas, NV
Jun 26, 2007
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

We thought this was a pretty fun route and a good introduction to Alabama Hills; climb it if for the views of Whitney alone!!
By C Miller
Administrator
Jul 3, 2007
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Great views from the climb, but the climbing is only so-so and the rock quality is somewhat lacking.
By Dave Daly
From: Del Mar, CA
May 13, 2008
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

The only thing this route has going for it is the photo op. Otherwise, steer clear! :P
By Bruce Bindner
Dec 28, 2008

Replaced the shuts at the top of this route (which were loose) with bolt hangers December 2008. Re-installed the existing Mussy Hooks. Bolts in good condition. A good route!

Brutus
By Russ Walling
From: www.FishProducts.com
May 4, 2009
rating: 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b

A must do if you are trying to "tick" the fin. If not, the routes to the left are actually better climbing for the grade.
By LifeIsGood
May 15, 2010

I didn't think I was such a girl, but we used a stick clip on the first bolt.

After that it was all good.
By Matt N
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Feb 20, 2012

^ ?
First bolt is not too far a reach from the boulder. We clipped it and then did a direct start from the ground.
By Chris Owen
Administrator
From: La Crescenta and Big Bear Lake
Mar 17, 2013
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

Opening moves are the crux, but well protected by the first bolt being clipped from the ground. Fun route but the rock is a bit scrappy.
By Donny Terranove
Aug 2, 2014

The low quality of rock makes it a bit stiffer. Fun nonetheless.
By Stephen Minana
Oct 20, 2014

One of the best photo ops available w/ the view of Whitney in the background. The crux is all in the start as there are no feet down low, after that features and the arete make it relatively comfortable.