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South Rib via The Back Up Plan 

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

   
Type:  Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 800', Grade II
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7 French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: SM and JC
Season: summer?
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Submitted By: S.Mckinna on Jul 20, 2014

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The line we took.

Description 

This route ascends a crack up the south west face of Snowdon. After 200 feet of 5.7ish climbing, you top out into the main south rib of Snowdon. Continue up along the rib or traverse along the other ribs as you make your way up to the summit. Pick your own line. It is 4th and easy 5th but nothing harder than you choose after "the back up plan". There is plenty of 3rd.

Location 

Starting out, the South Rib is one of the steepest ways to access Snowdon's summit. There is a plethora of 5th class lines up the lower band of rock that are a rope length or so. After the first 200'+ foot initial start of "Back Up Plan" it is characteristic of the rest of the face. Back up plan is reached by hiking slightly around the west face and cutting up the South Ridge variation couloir, it is pretty obvious. It took the two of us about one hour and fifteen minutes to get to the climb from Andrew's Lake.

Protection 

Small Stoppers, a set of cams micro to #3 Camalot tops, and a 60m rope. 10-14 slings, 10 were used on the FA, be ready for run outs, but there are not many.


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The day we first saw the area containing the Back Up Plan.
The day we first saw the area containing the Back ...
The climb starts just above John's head, works left, back right, and straight up the crack beneath overhanging blocks to the top.
The climb starts just above John's head, works lef...
About 160' up.
About 160' up.

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