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Ridge 1 aka Stairway to Heaven
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Ariel T 
Armed Forces S 
Arms Reduction T 
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Better Than Better Than Love T 
Better than Love T 
Casual Slabs T 
Forget Me Not T 
Guardian, The S 
Gunky T 
In God We Trust T 
Inscrutable T 
Like Hell It Is T 
Love T 
Seeker, The T 
Stairway to Heaven T 
Wanderer, The T 
What, What? TR 
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The Seeker 

YDS: 5.7+ French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b PG13

   
Type:  Trad, 1 pitch, 65'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.7+ French: 5a Ewbanks: 15 UIAA: V+ ZA: 13 British: MVS 4b [details]
FA: a seeker
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Submitted By: Leo Paik on Apr 3, 2014

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Dave pulls the bulge.

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  • Description 

    This is another line on the Casual Slabs section of the west face of Ridge One of Skunk Canyon. Its slightly more challenging difficulty makes it feel less likely to be covered by one of the "many variations exist" line in Jason Haas' Climbing Boulder's Flatirons.

    Start this climb perhaps 30 feet down from Casual Slabs at a subtle, right-facing dihedral. Scamper up to a short crack through a bulge. Pop over the bulge at the crack. This may feel harder for the vertically challenged. Continue up. Near the crest, you can go right with more protectable features or finish on the more enticing slab face (red Alien). Consider a directional for the second (perhaps the tree 20-30 feet back). Once on the crest, move left to the Casual Slabs tree and belay.

    The simplest descent is probably to downclimb/down lead the route or one of its neighbors.

    This is on the plus side of a star.

    Location 

    This is right of Casual Slabs by perhaps 30 feet starting in a subtle, right-facing dihedral.

    Protection 

    A light rack to a #3 Camalot works. A red Alien sized piece is useful for the slab face finish.

    If you use the tree for a directional, bring a very long sling or sets of slings.

    Double 48" slings and a #3.5 Camalot can be used for an anchor.

    George, a 55m+ rope is probably wise for this given the crest scamper to the tree belay.


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    Dave gets enticed by the slab face.
    Dave gets enticed by the slab face.

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