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The Plunge 

YDS: 5.10a/b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VI+ ZA: 19 British: E2 5b

Type:  Sport, 1 pitch, 70'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.10b French: 6a+ Ewbanks: 19 UIAA: VII- ZA: 19 British: E2 5b [details]
FA: Brian Shelton, Mark Tjaden August ‘04
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Submitted By: Bill Olszewski on May 3, 2010

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Chris at the crux, hoping to not take the Plunge.


This climb consists of very thin climbing and smearing on a rather steep section of wall. As with many of the climbs on the Whale, this one wanders a bit, back and forth past the bolts. The third bolt protects the crux and the route is well-bolted. The top out is on easy ground and goes to a two bolt rap anchor.


Near the center of the wall. This is the route immediately to the right of The Thin Line, which is easy to find due to the thin white line mineral deposit that gives the route its name.


5 bolts, bolted anchor.

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Lee Rittenmeyer heading up The Plunge.
Lee Rittenmeyer heading up The Plunge.
Ben at the crux.
Ben at the crux.

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By Ed Krejcik
From: Broomfield, CO
Oct 5, 2014
rating: 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b

Maybe it's me, but I thought this was harder than Tava on Solar Slab. The crux seems a little thinner and balancy, but Tava may be more sustained? Not that either are that long.