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Windstorm Grove 

YDS: 5.9- French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 4c

Type:  Trad, 2 pitches, 220'
Consensus:  YDS: 5.9- French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI British: HVS 4c [details]
FA: Paul Ross, Layne Potter. (alt leads) April 19th 2005
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Submitted By: USBRIT on Jun 1, 2008
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These slab routes five in all are situated immediately left (south) of the entrance of Little Spotted Wolf Canyon. Windstorm is the obvious groove on the corner of the entrance.As the name implies on the FA the climbers where caught in a violent desert windstorm.

P1)To enter the groove a steep wall is climbed passed three pro bolts. Continue up the groove at about 5.6R to double anchors. 150'5.9-
P2) Follow the groove to break out left to double anchors.170' 5.5(same anchors as the next route to the left Cry Wolf)


See beta photo (coming)


Cams. #0.5 to 3.5 Two 60m ropes

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Layne on Pitch 2
Layne on Pitch 2
Layne following Pitch one
Layne following Pitch one
Climber near the top of the first pitch. View to full picture size .
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Steve Rydalch on first pitch.
Steve Rydalch on first pitch.
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By Stephen Carlos Rydalch
From: Golden, CO
Apr 23, 2009
rating: 5.9- 5c 17 VI HVS 4c R

To be clear: The 5.9 crux at the start of the first pitch is very well protected with bolts. After the crux a couple of cams protect a crack before swinging out to climbers right onto a slab to gain the anchor.

This last slab section of pitch one is what gives this route the R rating. It's roughly 20 feet of 5.6/5.7 slab without any protection.

Pitch 2 is easy 5.5 climbing that protects well with cams.