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Routes in West Ridge - part F - The Potato Chip

Chives T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a PG13
Don't Peel T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13
Eye of the Potato T,TR 5.10 6b 20 VII- 19 E2 5b R
French Fry T,S 5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
Ground Control T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c PG13
Hypothermia T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Idaho Express T 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
Mountain Jam T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Mr. Potato Head S 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- 24 E4 6a
Petite Giraffe T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Poor Man's Wendego T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a R
Potato Chip Route (Regular Route) T 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13
Ruffles Have Ridges T 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Sour Cream T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Treetop Flyer T 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a R
Type: Trad, TR, 70 ft
FA: Bruce Miller, Kent McClannan, 2009
Page Views: 83 total, 1/month
Shared By: Mark Roth on Apr 28, 2011
Admins: Leo Paik, John McNamee, Frances Fierst, Monty, Monomaniac

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Description

This route has some great moves on cool, featured rock. The protection on the other hand was uninspiring. Let's just say I'm glad I top-roped it! Pull big, rotten jugs above the little cave. Awkward stemming gets you through the crux dihedral. More stemming leads to the upper bulge which can be climbed multiple ways all without much pro....

Location

This is on the buttress below the Potato Chip. Right in the center of the wall there are some nice looking seams. This is the one right above a little cave.

Protection

SR including RPs, micro cams, maybe Ballnuts.

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Tony B
Around Boulder, CO
  5.9+ R
Tony B   Around Boulder, CO
  5.9+ R
You can place junk in a horizontal before the roof that might keep your spine and head off the ground, then pull the roof (secure holds, but technical) and go up flat holds to a flake on the left that takes a bad small wire or bad small cam, then up a few more moves to when the real gear starts. It's honestly not as hard as 'Don't Peel' but lacks the good pro right before the crux, so mentally this one is harder.
2.5 stars- the best of the 8 routes low on the buttress. May 28, 2011