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The El 

YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- British: HVS 4c

   
Type:  Trad, 3 pitches, 180'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.8 French: 5b Ewbanks: 16 UIAA: VI- British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Grant Calder, John Wald, July 1976
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Submitted By: Chris Duca on May 31, 2009
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Converse enjoying the arete on The El.

Description 

A great line up the cliff, using a series of horizontal and vertical cracks. Stonker pro, and wonderful, airy positioning make this route a classic among classics!

P1: 5.2 (This route uses the same first pitch as "Pete's".) 40' (small gear belay)

P2: 5.7 Traverse left across the face using a positive horizontal. At the large right-facing corner, traverse left to the arete, where there is a small overlap. Move around the arete, and continue across the positive horizontal until it ends on a small ledge/Semi-hanging belay below a clean, vertical crack. 70' (gear belay in vertical crack)

P3: Take the plum line up the crack and into the steepening, left-facing corner. Move around the small overhang using the crack, and continue to the top via lower angle slab climbing. 80' (gear belay)

Descent: Climb down (easy 4th class) into the massive chimney, and aim for the far right end of the chimney that has a chain anchor. It is a good idea to belay your leader down to this anchor, as the last few moves to the anchor are exposed. Rappel with one 60m rope.


Location 

Same start as for "Pete's Farewell".


Protection 

A standard rack with some extra, long runners to lessen rope drag on Pitch 2.



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Sara Reeder rounding the corner on the second pitch traverse.
Sara Reeder rounding the corner on the second pitc...
P3
P3
The El with belays marked. To descend by rappel, go right from P.3, down into cave, rappel from chockstone into lower part of cave, continue toward light to bolts on the left wall, one 30m rap back to base.
BETA PHOTO: The El with belays marked. To descend by rappel, g...
Nellie following P2
Nellie following P2
Enjoying the nice traverse pitch on The EL.
Enjoying the nice traverse pitch on The EL.
me on the EL gettn my sunburn on WOOO!
me on the EL gettn my sunburn on WOOO!
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By Peter Lewis
From: Bridgton, Maine
Sep 22, 2010
rating: 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c

Use long runners on the initial part of the P.2 traverse, and be prepared to use rope-tugs as belay signals as shouting really doesn't work. At the end of the traverse, build your belay at the higher of two stances (more comfortable).

By Jaysen Henderson
From: White Plains, New York
May 30, 2011

great route jsut make sure ur comfortable with traversing because p2 gets a little spicy after you pull around the arette. 3rd pitch is THE pitch for sure. very safe climb though.

By worth russell
From: Brooklyn, NY
Jul 8, 2011

The fact of the matter is the 5.7 traverse is tougher than the p3 crack. The traverse is bomber hands with little to no feet I don't know who rated this climb, but don't get freaked that this is a sandbag special. 3rd pitch is a cakewalk compared to the traverse. Gear is awesome top to bottom.

By kenr
Jul 19, 2012

P2 - seemed to me there was a section before the corner where it's pretty difficult to protect the follower from a possible substantial swing. The moves there took good balance-technique.

Then just after coming around the corner/arete, it seemed to go well by making one more move across left, then a move _up_ on a vertical crack. Then continue traversing left using the main horizontal crack for feet instead of hands. Then after more traversing, move _up_ again before creating the belay anchor.
So careful not to get too low. When we did it there was even an old stuck piece of prot on the too-low line. My partner said he knew someone who got sucked in by trying to follow that protection, and found the climbing was way harder.

By worth russell
From: Brooklyn, NY
Dec 9, 2012

Yeah I hand traversed right past that old op link cam. Its pumpy as all hell. I didnt think to use that rail as a foot traverse. Ill go back and try it this way in the spring