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The Infidel
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The Infidel 

YDS: 5.11b/c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a R

   
Type:  Trad, 4 pitches, 350', Grade III
Consensus:  YDS: 5.11b/c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a [details]
FA: Jay Nelson and Bryan Ferguson in the mid eighties
New Route: Yes
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Submitted By: Bryan Ferguson on May 20, 2008

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Jay pulling the crux of The Infidel.

We talked to the nice people at the Hidden Valley Dude Ranch and they kindly escorted accross the ranch. MORE INFO >>>

Description 

Pitch one - Climb the 5.9+ slab protected by one 5/16th inch bolt that leads to the prominent double hand cracks.

Pitch two - Climb the double cracks (5.8) up into the right-facing dihedral.

Pitch three - ID the left-tending, rising traverse. Climb out of the dihedral onto the face protected by bolts. Then climb the thin crack and face holds (5.11) to gain the belay ledge.

Pitch four - Climb the beautiful 5.9 hand crack to the summit.

Location 

This is the prominent line close to the middle of the Infidel West Face.

Protection 

Friends and nuts to 3 inch including a selection of micro stoppers. Bolts if you'd like to replace the old buttonheads.


Photos of The Infidel Slideshow Add Photo
The Infidel's first pitch FA.
The Infidel's first pitch FA.
Jay leads the final pitch.
Jay leads the final pitch.
JC on the last pitch
JC on the last pitch
More crack.
More crack.
Infidel topo.
BETA PHOTO: Infidel topo.
First pitch.
First pitch.
A nice summit with great views.
A nice summit with great views.
John launches off. To where we don't know.
John launches off. To where we don't know.
JC topping out
JC topping out
Up to the wide crack then to the twin hand cracks.
Up to the wide crack then to the twin hand cracks.
The "Infidels" themselves in Yosemite, 1981.
The "Infidels" themselves in Yosemite, 1...

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By Allen Hill
From: FIve Points, Colorado and Pine
Jul 13, 2009

Absolutely a brilliant line. It has everything for the South Platte climber; thin face, off width, fingers, and a wonderful hand crack to top it off. It really should be a considered a Platte classic. Needs new bolts. Also only one bolt on the first pitch. Serious pitch as it is now.
By Bryan Ferguson
From: Castle Rock
Aug 2, 2009

Regarding bolts on The Infidel:
I understand replacing bolts with modern, safer bolts but please don't add bolts to the Infidel. I led the first and third pitches on-sight without pre-view and drilled each bolt (no power drill - all with hand brace and hammer) on lead without aid (Jay lead pitches two and four). The addition of bolts will alter the route in a way that will erase the spirit in which the route first was done.