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South Arete 

South Arete 

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

   
Type: Trad, 2 pitches, 200'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ British: MVS 4b [details]
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Submitted By: Bill Duncan on Jul 7, 2013
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Looking down on Slab 1 from the arete.

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Description 

This is the first established route encountered as one reaches the base of the West Slab.

P1: scramble up a small gully to a tree, and begin climbing to the right of an obvious bolted line (route #2 on the first slab). The line ascends a dihedral that becomes a flake, and then goes on up the face to a 2-bolt belay/rap station.

P2: climb up and to the right, into the large dihedral, where it is possible to traverse right on to a vertical face with large footholds. There are 2 bolts visible on this face (see photo). After traversing the face, gain the arete proper, which is easy but very exposed climbing. Follow the arete up past some natural gear and a couple of more bolts to the 2-bolt rap station.


Location 

This is on the right hand side of Slab 1.


Protection 

A small rack up to a #3 Camalot, slings.



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Mark C. pulling through to gain the arete.
Mark C. pulling through to gain the arete.
The skyline ridge is the South Arete.  Tyler rappelling down the first pitch.
The skyline ridge is the South Arete. Tyler rappe...
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