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West Gruesome 

YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V British: S 4b

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches
Consensus:  YDS: 5.6 French: 4c Ewbanks: 14 UIAA: V British: S 4b [details]
FA: Jan and Herb Conn
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Submitted By: Jon Marek on Feb 4, 2010
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This is a climb worth dedicating some time to. The...


Awesome way to start a day, little bit of exposure to start second pitch.


From top of 3-4 gully walk to base of third spire on left and climb chimney to west face. p2 exposed step to shoulder. Rap anchors (webbing) are on east shoulder.


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Me sitting on top of West Gruesome <br />August 2010 <br />Sam Smolnisky Photo
Me sitting on top of West Gruesome
August 2010
Start in a sandy pit below a large corridor between the South face of South Tower and the North face of West Greusome.  <br /> <br />This corridor the climber is repelling down is the start for both of these summits. <br /> <br />West Gruesome starts in a chimney on your right side. This chimney is not very deep within this main corridor. <br /> <br />The chimney will turn into a flake system that can be seen in this picture. Pitch one ends when you reach a small, alcove before the south face.  <br /> <br />Pitch two is a small, exposed set of fine foot movements to a crack with a small tree in it. Move past the tree and finish out on some neat slab with a near sidewalk feature on it.  <br /> <br />It might be best to make two repels with one sixty meter rope. Repel from summit to a ledge in the corridor. The second repel to your original starting point can be made using webbing around a chalkstone.
Start in a sandy pit below a large corridor betwee...
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By David Raines
Jul 3, 2013

Very old school route. A lot of awkward moves up a flared chimney / fist crack / stemming problem. Maybe I was just inexperienced at those kind of moves when I did it back in 2009. Lots of respect for the Conn's.