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The Cow-Center Route 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V British: S 4b

   
Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 300'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V British: S 4b [details]
FA: unknown, but 1960's
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Submitted By: Rodger Raubach on Oct 1, 2012
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  • Description 

    Follow the double crack system ~ 120' to a good belay ledge. No fixed anchors. Second lead traverses left and follows the left edge of a large roof-flake system. There are rappel bolts. Need 2 60 meter ropes to descend. There is an intermediate rappel anchor, also bolted.


    Location 

    The route is easily identified by a bay bush growing from the double crack some 35 feet from the ground. This is about 50 feet left from the Grack, Left Side route.


    Protection 

    First pitch, standard light apron rack plus runners and draws; second pitch a few medium cams. Second pitch is slightly unprotected and runnout.



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    Mike leading the first pitch.
    Mike leading the first pitch.
    Mike leading second pitch.
    Mike leading second pitch.
    Rappelling from the Cow; intermediate rappel anchor coincides with the belay for Left Side route.
    Rappelling from the Cow; intermediate ra...
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    By Rodger Raubach
    Oct 2, 2012

    The old green Roper guide rates this route at 5.5, but the bay bush has grown considerably in the intervening years. It makes it more difficult than before! I originally climbed this route in 1982, and repeated just 2 days ago. Still, it's a worthwhile climb. I'd suggest addition of a double ASCA bolt anchor atop the first pitch to enable retreats without leaving any gear.