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Most aesthetically pleasing moderate routes?


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fromtheestuary · · North Carolina · Joined Sep 2014 · Points: 60

What are everyone's suggestions for moderates (5.easy-5.8) that follow an especially beautiful line, or crack system, or featured rock. My vote would be for The Great Arch in NC. What are others? Thanks! 

Bob Johnson · · Philadelphia, PA · Joined May 2014 · Points: 98
Justin Laursen · · Durango, CO · Joined Sep 2010 · Points: 410
Eric Chabot · · Salt Lake City, UT · Joined Jul 2011 · Points: 35

Son of easy o - gunks

Gamesmanship - poko moonshine

Outer space - 11'worth 5.9 but only a few moves

John Wilder · · Las Vegas, NV · Joined Feb 2004 · Points: 1,530

Matthes Crest for sure. A mile of 5.easy on a ridge no wider than 30' at the widest and 6" at the narrowest.

Ted Pinson · · Chicago, IL · Joined Jul 2014 · Points: 190

https://www.mountainproject.com/route/105732647/great-red-book

Michael Palmer · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2015 · Points: 25
Alex Kowalcyk · · La Conner, WA · Joined Feb 2006 · Points: 65
cassondra long · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Nov 2008 · Points: 305

Dak Shadows 5.8 Red Rock...Beautifully aestheic in an idyllic setting.

Mike Kubes · · Unknown Hometown · Joined May 2014 · Points: 173

Featured on the back cover of Freedom of the Hills 6th Edition, Phantom Crack, Palisade Head MN (5.9)

https://www.mountainproject.com/photo/105826904

tallguy · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Sep 2010 · Points: 0

Its not exactly close, but Piz Badile makes most everything listed above look like the kiddie pool in terms of aesthetics.. 

Michael T. · · Bothell, WA · Joined Sep 2014 · Points: 90

W-ridge of Pigeon spire. 

Andrew Hurst · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2017 · Points: 5

Buissonier in Real Hidden Valley, Joshua Tree--Such a clean, arcing crack, balance-y, old-school 5.7.

https://www.mountainproject.com/route/105721645/buissonier
edit: better photos here: https://www.summitpost.org/bouissonier/164670

Nick Thomas · · Fargo, ND · Joined Nov 2016 · Points: 30

Here's a few that I've been lucky enough to get on in my first couple years of climbing.

Gossamer in Rushmore - 5.7


Irene's Arete in the Tetons - 5.8

N Face of the Maiden in the Flatirons - 5.6R (the rap is the most aesthetic part)

Edge of Time is 5.9 but just for a move or two
S Face of the Petit Grepon in RMNP - 5.8
E Face of Royal Arch in the Flatirons - 5.easy

Carter Smith · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2017 · Points: 10

Bang for your buck: Edge of a Dream, Ship Rock, NC. Very exposed, fun, and neat for an easy, one pitch trad line.
Also, the Daddy in the Linville Gorge is amazing, big, and flowy.
Lastly, pretty much anything bug in Potrero Chico (TWZ, Yankee Clipper, Space Boyz, etc.) are a tad harder but fantastic.

Bill Kirby · · Baltimore Maryland · Joined Jul 2012 · Points: 480

Banana Peel on the Apron of the Chief, Squamish BC

David Kerkeslager · · New Paltz, NY · Joined Jan 2017 · Points: 55

I would be surprised if anyone can find a more aesthetically pleasing 5.4 than Gelsa.

John Byrnes · · Fort Collins, CO · Joined Dec 2007 · Points: 576

No contest: The West Ridge of Pigeon Spire in the Bugs, 5.4.

Peter Lewis · · Bridgton, Maine · Joined Oct 2009 · Points: 160

Pinnacle Buttress on Mount Washington in New Hampshire. A classic alpine romp in an otherworldly location. Here's the second-to-last pitch: https://www.mountainproject.com/photo/110784278  

Jake Jones · · Richmond, VA · Joined Jul 2011 · Points: 1,490

fromtheestuary wrote: What are everyone's suggestions for moderates (5.easy-5.8) that follow an especially beautiful line, or crack system, or featured rock. My vote would be for The Great Arch in NC. What are others? Thanks! 

Yeah it looks great but there's a reason many have dubbed it "The Great Backache".  Same move 100 times.  

Russ Keane · · Asheville, NC · Joined Feb 2013 · Points: 150

This is pretty funny.  We all have our favorites, but this thread is like asking, "What's the most beautiful place on earth?"

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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