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Climbing The Beginning in Feb 2011. We weren't sure if the route was supposed to stay in the dihedral (dashed white line) or go slightly left (solid white line). There was a fair bit of snow and ice, so we climbed it in boots and gloves and went left of the dihedral for a 5.5 variation?
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Michael Bartosek
Feb 28, 2011
Climbing The Beginning in Feb 2011. We weren't sure if the route was supposed to stay in the dihedral (dashed white line) or go slightly left (solid white line). There was a fair bit of snow and ice, so we climbed it in boots and gloves and went left of the dihedral for a 5.5 variation?  
Michael Bartosek
Los Angeles
Michael Bartosek   Los Angeles
I picked up a copy of Mike Farris's book (Rock Climbing in Minnesota and Wisconsin) and the left variation of that route is listed in the book as a 5.4 with a name of F4 Ledges. Mar 14, 2011
Andy Hansen
Longmont, Colorado
Andy Hansen   Longmont, Colorado
I'm not saying The Beginning is not 5.7. The Beginning (if you climb the dihedral to the right of the blocky ledges) is certainly 5.7. However, the blocky ledges to the left of the dihedral are not 5.7- more like 5.5. Mar 2, 2011
Michael Bartosek
Los Angeles
Michael Bartosek   Los Angeles
I can see that, even with boots, gloves, snow and ice the variation we did seemed easier than 5.7. I imagine in fair conditions it would go easier. The dihedral looked to be a good challenge at 5.7 though, I'll wait until I can wear my climbing shoes to pop into it. Mar 1, 2011

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Climbing The Beginning in Feb 2011. We weren't sure if the route was supposed to stay in the dihedral (dashed white line) or go slightly left (solid white line). There was a fair bit of snow and ice, so we climbed it in boots and gloves and went left of the dihedral for a 5.5 variation?