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At the 5.7 crux on the last pitch of Yellow Ridge.  Yes, there's an easy line past the overhangs!<br>
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Ron Olsen
Feb 21, 2006
At the 5.7 crux on the last pitch of Yellow Ridge. Yes, there's an easy line past the overhangs!

Photo by Michael Amato.  
Andy Weinmann
Silver Spring, MD
Andy Weinmann   Silver Spring, MD
I did it the way Matt describes this...going straight up to the small overhang and then traversing left to the arete. Got gear down low and then the only gear I could get was a 00 Master Cam (marginal-ish) just below the roof. From there it's a thin hand traverse with smearing feet. The hands are definitely a full-pad, but you wanna move quickly and get to the arete. If I hadn't found that placement, I would've downclimbed and gone another way. I'd say the variation makes the pitch about 5.7(PG?), but you better have a small cam. It's not addressed in the grey Williams guide. Apr 9, 2012
doligo  
I went up the way Matt describes, but didn't like the gear (though moves looked easy) - definitely not a good way for your second, so I climbed down and traversed lower. The new Nears Guide rates this pitch at 5.6. Jun 21, 2010
Jeff Welch
Denver, CO
Jeff Welch   Denver, CO
I did it the way you describe, Matt. This is definitely NOT the best way, much better to traverse low, although it looks more improbable at first. Oct 27, 2009

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