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Routes in 3 - The Frigate

Bowspirit T,TR 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c R
Can Can T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a
Code of the Sea TR 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
Flying Dutchman T,TR 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R
Frigate "walk off" T Easy 5th 1+ 3 I 5 M 1c
Galleass T,TR 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Jasek's Project T,TR 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Jib, The T,TR 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b R
Pooper, The T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
Stern, The T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Unnamed route 20 T,TR 5.3 3+ 10 III 9 VD 3a
When Life Gives You Lemons...SQUEEZE THEM TO DEATH! T,TR 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
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Shared By: Doug Hemken on Jul 5, 2007
Admins: Burton Lindquist, Doug Hemken, James Schroeder, Chris treggE

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Starts with a boulder problem on the right face of the South arete. You generally follow this corner up, avoiding the main crack of Can Can. At the top, move back onto the South face into a seam.

The hard part is spotting the crimps - there is usually no chalk on this route.


The South end of the Frigate, to the left of Can Can.


Some, mostly small nuts. It is also possible to use the Can-can crack in the mid-section.


kalamazoo, mi
jay.kalamazoo   kalamazoo, mi
- There is very little protection on this climb. many nice exposed moves on a beautiful little rock. I bailed and did "can-can". Oct 31, 2009
Is there a direct version of this that goes straight up the face? Apr 30, 2010
Alex A  
Yes there is Nick, it climbs the face left of the standard route, long reaches and some hard pulls,
PDH 5.12 PRETTY DAMN HARD Jul 16, 2010
Doug Hemken
Madison, WI
Doug Hemken   Madison, WI  
There is also a 5.10/5.11 version that has gear. Tom M. led it Saturday. Follow the regular route up the right hand edge of the very smooth face, and then side-pull left instead of going around the corner to the right. Sep 20, 2010
Doug, how did you guys set TR on that variation? I use the anchor off The Pooper and then traversed over onto the face and got in a directional. Didn't see a better way. Sep 20, 2010
Doug Hemken
Madison, WI
Doug Hemken   Madison, WI  
If you know what you are looking for, you can sorta see it in the photo:

I wrap webbing around the top block. Scramble up the back of the Frigate, stem the gap and mantel up, then wrap about 20 feet of webbing around the block you are on. I use two loops of webbing, because there are some sharp edges below, and actually some old webbing caught between the rock's teeth above that .12 variation.

FWIW, I think of these two variations as "Stern Stuff" and "Sterner Stuff". Sep 21, 2010

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