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Saint Peter's Overlook
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Ascension, The T 
Athenian Arete T 
Martyr, The T 
Pearly Gates T 
Unknown on the Left T,S 
Unknown on the Right T,S 

The Ascension 

YDS: 5.9- French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 16 British: HVS 4c

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 145'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9- French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 16 British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Mark Van Horn, early 90s
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Submitted By: Bosier Parsons on Jun 29, 2008

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Description 

This is an incredible face climb for the grade. The climb is mostly sustained 5.8, with a couple 5.9 moves, and follows beautiful and seemingly unending edges. The first crux comes early and is well protected. The second crux comes about 3/4 height, stepping left and over a small roof feature on the right of the face. There is a nice looking hand crack through the roof on the right side, but I felt like the character of the route kept me over to the left. Classic!

Location 

This is a mostly bolted face climb that begins about 15 feet right of Pearly Gates. Approach by descending the largest gully to the west of the Martyr. Look to your left on the descent, and spot the obvious ledge with two bolts, near the bottom of the formation. You can cut in high with a scramble down to a pine tree, then traverse right to the ledge with a 5.6 move to gain the ledge. Or you can continue down and begin about 75 feet below the ledge on the easy slab or gully above. Some people may want a belay for the one 5.6 move to gain the ledge. An alternative is to bring two ropes, build an anchor at the top, and rappel to the same ledge.

Protection 

Eight or nine bolts and a selection of small to medium cams to about 3/4" will protect the route nicely, but there are still spots where the novice leader might feel a bit run out. Build a natural anchor at the top.


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