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Ziggurat 5.11 

Team 500 

YDS: 5.11- French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VIII+ British: E3 5c

   
Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 300'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11- French: 6c Ewbanks: 22 UIAA: VIII+ British: E3 5c [details]
FA: Lance Bateman, Paul Ross (var leads) Andy Ross and help from Andrew Burr 19th Sept/2010
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: USBRIT on Sep 21, 2010
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Description 

Named, as this was Paul Ross's 500th first ascent.
Ranging from many in the UK to New Hampshire, Maine, Nevada, Min, Quebec, Morocco,and now the south western States. His first FA was in 1954. Many thanks to the team from Salt Lake. The climb is located at the back of the slabs on a previously unclimbed area with many more objectives. See approach.

P1)Climb into the crack in the very obvious corner,this is protected with cams to a bolt where the crack closes. From the bolt climb left of it on no more than dimples ,until a leap can be made to good holds on the right.Continue from here up flakes to double anchors.100' 5.11-.
P2)From belay move up to the right towards the slim crack groove up to the right to large block belays.50'5.5.
P3)Move into the indefinate crack and passed 2/3 bolts to double anchors at the summit.150'5.8+R

Rap route.


Location 

Three Finger Canyon area. Walk through the canyon and head up the open gully left of the impressive second buttress on the right (see photo of the walk). About 35 mins from the canyon mouth.When the foot of the face is reached head passed two right facing corners to the left facing corner of the climb. See Topo.


Protection 

Cams up to 5", slings, two 60m ropes



Photos of Team 500 Slideshow Add Photo
Of course it was Spiderman pointing the way....
Of course it was Spiderman pointing the way....
Ross just below the 5.11 section . The chock stone just above him pulled as he was attempting to climb higher to place the pro bolt causing a fun short fall ,the stone narrowly missing his belayer !! Don't ask about the socks....
Ross just below the 5.11 section . The chock stone...
Andrew with  Lance on his turn at the corner
Andrew with Lance on his turn at the corner
At this point Spiderman  and another Andy arrived with a black static rope and a bunch of cameras!!
At this point Spiderman and another Andy arrived ...
Lance at the crux
Lance at the crux
The approach from Three Finger's
The approach from Three Finger's
Lance preparing to leap right to quite good holds
Lance preparing to leap right to quite good holds
Paul starting his attempt at P1
Paul starting his attempt at P1
Lance higher on the 5.8+R pitch
Lance higher on the 5.8+R pitch
Lance starting third pitch
Lance starting third pitch
Just after landing the jump.
Just after landing the jump.
What the $$@# is going on with these guys?
What the $$@# is going on with these guys?
The route A) Team 500.
The route A) Team 500.
Near top.
Near top.
Early morning looking back at the entrance to Three Fingers...just no one but the Ravens
Early morning looking back at the entrance to Thre...
Andy on the crux
Andy on the crux
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By Ben Folsom
Sep 21, 2010

Congrats Paul! That is fantastic.

By mountainsense
Sep 26, 2010

Nice work!