Type: Sport, 90 ft (27 m)
FA: Glen Banks and Paul Seibert, mid 1970s
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Shared By: Aaron Hobson on May 8, 2006 · Updates
Admins: Jason Halladay, Anthony Stout, LeeAB Brinckerhoff, Marta Reece, Drew Chojnowski

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Description

Described as "classic Organ's friction" this climb definitely delivers. It has been re-bolted in recent years making it safer although still a bold lead. Don't expect edges larger than 1/8" for most of the climb. Start by climbing 12' to gain a narrow ledge. traverse right about 20' and clip the first bolt nearly 35' off the deck. While this may seem daunting, the traverse is easy 5th class. From here, enjoy razor edges and thin friction the whole way up. Moving into a shallow corner system to the right of the 3rd bolt may lessen the grade.

Location

Located on the north facing western slab of The Citadel. This slab is best reached by bushwhacking up from Rabbit Ear canyon near where a side canyon splits off to the South (which heads up the south side of The Citadel.

Protection

5 bolts. In actuality, the 1st, 3rd and 5th bolts are actually pairs of bolts. These spots have the old 1/4" bolt next to a newer 3/8" bolt. The initial "run-out" is not much to fear for a confident leader, but should be approached with caution. Small wires/camming units may be useful near the top-out.

A 3 bolt anchor is tucked away at the top of the shallow corner system, and is not immediately apparent if you top out to the left. a two rope rappel or 200ft rope is required.

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