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Left Ski Track
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|Type:||Trad, 300 ft, 3 pitches|
|FA:||Chuck wilts and Ray Van Aken, Sept 1947|
|Page Views:||23,454 total · 162/month|
|Shared By:||Dpurf on Feb 24, 2006|
|Admins:||C Miller, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes|
DescriptionLeft Ski Track is location 200 right and around from the Open Book. 2 parallel right curving cracks in the middle of the South Face. It has a series of variation from 5.6 to 5.9.
P1 - From the tree there is a sloping platform, walk out on to it next to the large block. If you keep going that will take you to the Chauvinist. Move up and over (can be hard to protect)then move left to a crack leading to the face between the "ski tracks". Move up and stay to the left on great jugs to a 2 bolt belay.
P2 - Climb the left 'ski track' crack to its end at a small ledge with a fixed pin. Then take the classic "Step Around" move that take you to around the corner to the right to a series of ledges. Belay on the first good ledge.
P3 - climbs the crack system up and right pass a series of ledges. At the 3rd ledge move left and up to a vertical wall with double cracks. Move left on to a 4th class ledge to take you to the top.
Variation 1 - during the 2nd pitch at the end of the crack on the small ledge climb up and left past a bolt (5.9) to a crack system that leads to the top.
V2 - From the second belay, climb straight up the arete/crack that blanks into a slab with a bolt that lead to the 4th class ledge. Then move tot he top.
V3 - On the 3rd ptich from the last ledge move out right up a 5.6 crack until it ends and traverse right across the slab and up to the top.
V4 *** - and the Best finish (5.8) At the begining of the leftward traverse at the 4th class ledge, climb directly over a bulge to a pin then delicate friction moves to the top.