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Snowblind 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 160'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Greg Barnes, Karin Wuhrmann ('04)
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Submitted By: Bryan G on Jul 16, 2010

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Megan smearing up the crux of Snowblind.

Description 

This is a fun slab and lieback climb to warm up on. The rock quality also seems to be a bit better than most of the routes on Mountain Light Wall which is a good thing because the crux is pure friction climbing.

Start on a crack system that leads to a small ledge 50 feet up. If there is a snowcone at the base you can traverse in from the left on 5.6 slab. From the ledge take the flake up and left until it ends. Slab climb past two bolts to reach another flake which arches back right to a 2 bolt rap anchor.

Rappel to the ground with 2 ropes. With one 70m rope you can rappel to some ledges and gully off right, but going this way can be difficult if there is snow at the base.

Location 

Located on the low-angle apron near the right end of the wall.

Protection 

1 set of nuts and a single set of cams to 2".


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By Greg Barnes
Jun 25, 2014

Yesterday we added a third pro bolt to the slab, and upgraded the second bolt to 3/8" (1/4" originally). We'd intended to add that 3rd bolt for years, just hadn't had the chance!