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Battle of the Bulge T 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b
Wind Beneath Her Wings T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
Type: Trad, 130 ft
FA: FTR: Chuck Fitch, 1980? FA: Kevin Steele & Terry Roland, 1991
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Shared By: Richard Shore on Mar 17, 2011
Admins: andy patterson, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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Starting at the small cave on the north face, climb up on juggy 5.8/5.9 terrain passing the first bolt at about 25 feet. Above this, the crux bulge awaits. Clip a second bolt and pull some awkward and strenuous moves on small holds over the overhang. Sustained thin climbing gets you through the next two bolts and to the base of the "4th class trough". Follow this dirty trough up and left and pull the final summit overhang on big holds.


4 bolts and some small gear for the upper half. Tree anchor on top.


I've edited the FA info above. Thanks, Amos. Mar 20, 2012
The FA credit above lists 1991 as the year, but the route appears in Steve Tucker's 1981 guidebook. If I remember correctly, I was present at the first ascent and it was actually accomplished by Chuck Fitch on toprope. Not to disparage Kevin Steele's contributions, he's a great climber and a good friend. And I may be wrong...perhaps Kevin will weigh in on this? I'm happy to be corrected. Mar 18, 2012

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