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Infidel, The T 

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
Original:  YDS: 5.11b/c French: 6c+ Ewbanks: 23 UIAA: VIII- ZA: 24 British: E4 6a R [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
Rock Climbing Photo: The Infidel's first pitch FA.
The Infidel's first pitch FA.
Rock Climbing Photo: Jay leads the final pitch.
Jay leads the final pitch.
Rock Climbing Photo: JC on the last pitch
JC on the last pitch
Rock Climbing Photo: More crack.
More crack.
Rock Climbing Photo: Infidel topo.
BETA PHOTO: Infidel topo.
Rock Climbing Photo: First pitch.
First pitch.
Rock Climbing Photo: A nice summit with great views.
A nice summit with great views.
Rock Climbing Photo: John launches off. To where we don't know.
John launches off. To where we don't know.
Rock Climbing Photo: JC topping out
JC topping out
Rock Climbing Photo: Up to the wide crack then to the twin hand cracks.
Up to the wide crack then to the twin hand cracks.
Rock Climbing Photo: The "Infidels" themselves in Yosemite, 1...
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.

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