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West Ridge - part F - The Potato Chip
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Mr. Potato Head S 
Petite Giraffe T 
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Potato Chip Route (Regular Route) T 
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Sour Cream T 
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Sour Cream 

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

   
Type:  Trad
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- ZA: 15 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: M. Brooks, 1981
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Submitted By: Tony B on Apr 28, 2002

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Sour Cream.

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Description 

Approach as for the Potato Chip. Once at the knifeblade SW edge of the Potato Chip, look ~ 60 feet left to an obvious right-facing crack system that curves upward and though a small dihedral before kicking back to a lower angle and running past a 2' tall tree and up a dirty crack. Climb up great rock through some really beautiful moves. I actually got 2 no-hands rests from knee locks in the acute overhanging dihedral. After about 50' of climbing the off-fingers crack passed an overhanging section and transitioned to a low-angle, and somewhat loose/dirty system that keeps this climb from being 2**. Too bad.

This pitch protects as weel as you could ask for. Go do it when you are up there.

To descend, walk north past 2 false summit blocks (1 visible, then 1 hidden block). From the third black, cut back hard left (S/SW) to a pine tree and walk/scramble down the ridge to the trail near the base again. This takes ~ 2 minutes.

Protection 

One full set of cams, from .5" to 3" Lowe Tricams and stoppers are also useful, but not needed.


Photos of Sour Cream Slideshow Add Photo
The 2 Routes to the Left of the Potato Chip
BETA PHOTO: The 2 Routes to the Left of the Potato Chip
Sour Cream in the center.
BETA PHOTO: Sour Cream in the center.
Above the little tree on the easy upper section of...
Above the little tree on the easy upper section of...

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By Jay Eggleston
From: Denver
May 9, 2011
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c

The first half of this route is pretty fun, but the upper half is not so great.