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Shark's Fin Arete 

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

   
Type:  Sport, 1 pitch
Original:  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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Rock Climbing Photo: Shark Fin Arete with Mt Whitney in background
Shark Fin Arete with Mt Whitney in background
Rock Climbing Photo: Cosmic on the Sharks Fin Arete
Cosmic on the Sharks Fin Arete
Rock Climbing Photo: Another shot of the shark fin with the high sierra...
Another shot of the shark fin with the high sierra...
Rock Climbing Photo: Dan on TR up the arete.
Dan on TR up the arete.
Rock Climbing Photo: Larry enjoying the view around the corner...
Larry enjoying the view around the corner...
Rock Climbing Photo: Rich enjoying a bit of Shark Fin Arete (.7) whilst...
Rich enjoying a bit of Shark Fin Arete (.7) whilst...
Rock Climbing Photo: Just leaving the ground...
Just leaving the ground...
Rock Climbing Photo: Enjoying some Shark Fin Arete (.7)  Photo courtesy...
Enjoying some Shark Fin Arete (.7) Photo courtesy...
Rock Climbing Photo: My daughter Marissa Whitney climbing under the muc...
My daughter Marissa Whitney climbing under the muc...
Rock Climbing Photo: To the Moon! Shark's Fin arete in the morning.
To the Moon! Shark's Fin arete in the morning.
Rock Climbing Photo: "Shark's Fin Arete". Photo by Blitzo.
"Shark's Fin Arete". Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Slightly different perspective
Slightly different perspective
Rock Climbing Photo: "Shark's Fin Arete". Photo by Blitzo.
BETA PHOTO: "Shark's Fin Arete". Photo by Blitzo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Shark's Fin Arete Free Solo.
Shark's Fin Arete Free Solo.
Rock Climbing Photo: Shark's fin, Alabama hills
Shark's fin, Alabama hills
Rock Climbing Photo: Beautiful setting for a climb
Beautiful setting for a climb
Rock Climbing Photo: The nearby rocks provide convenient shade for bela...
BETA PHOTO: The nearby rocks provide convenient shade for bela...
Rock Climbing Photo: Having fun on Shark's Fin ArĂȘte
Having fun on Shark's Fin ArĂȘte

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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
From: Reno, NV
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: 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.
By Gen King
Sep 25, 2015
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13

I agree- hardest part is the start. Started off the boulder but still no feet and it's just kind of a leap to get your hands on and find your feet later. Super fun climb up the arete with beautiful view of the Whitney portal. Awesome climb! Thought the rock quality was fine. Good friction.
By Jeff Mahoney
From: Santa Barbara, CA
Jan 14, 2016

The BLM and the Alabama Hills Stewardship Group have been working on restoration projects in the Hills. Currently, the short stretch of road (200 meters) out to the Fin is closed to cars and is now a trail from a dedicated parking area. Other than the obvious conservation aspect, one added benefit is that you won't have to crop out the cars from your hero shots, making them all that more impressive to grandma...

Rock Climbing Photo: The current Alabama Hills restoration project at t...
The current Alabama Hills restoration project at the Shark Fin means that there's now a two-minute approach. Oh, the horror...
By Will H.
Mar 24, 2016
rating: 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b

Gotta tick it if you're there - it's a five minute walk from the car and the exposure + epic view of Whitney are worth it.
By Colin Szehner
From: Oakland, Ca
Jun 8, 2016

Start move is 5.10, once you get your feet up its all 5.7 to the top, excellent!

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