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St. Vitus' Dance
Avg: 3.3 from 188 votes
|Type:||Trad, 600 ft, 5 pitches|
|FA:||Robin Barley, Gordie Smaill 1974|
|Page Views:||16,583 total · 118/month|
|Shared By:||Michael John Gray on Jul 22, 2006|
|Admins:||Kate Lynn, Nate Ball|
DescriptionP1 From the base of the Apron climb up trees and cracks 5.7 to the base of a beautiful 5.9 jam crack. There is a small square of carpet on this belay assuring you are on route.
P2 Climb a nice 5.9 right facing dihedral with thin gear and mantel left at the top to a ledge this is the direct variation and should be done.
P3 This next pitch is a long pitch starting with nice hand jams steepening at the top into a wide fist offwidth crack. Its tempting to place a big cam at the top although I find saving a #3 Camalot for the belay essential. This pitch ends on a small ledge below 3 prominent cracks.
P4 Climb up starting on the left crack to an obvious traverse, across the crack systems proing as you go. This is the crux pitch its exposed and the best on the route. (5.9)
P5 The final pitch from a ramp climb up to a 5.9 hand jam roof that I thought was 5.8 although stellar fun its very short. Then climb up easy slab for the rest of the rope and find a belay near the top of the Apron (could be a 6th pitch of easy slab).
I would recommend that you then continue up memorial crack a beautiful 5.9 crack off of memorial ledge to The Squamish Buttress to summit the Chief and make it a nice full day.