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Hall Pass S 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
StrikeSlip T,S 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Three Hour Arete T,S 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
Three Minute Man T 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Type: Sport, 110 ft
FA: Austin Archer & Rick Ziegler
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Shared By: rick ziegler on May 13, 2011
Admins: Aron Quiter, Euan Cameron, AWinters, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes

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This route is an alternative to the 4th pitch of The Three Hour Arete. Climb the first 3 pitches of Three Hour Arete, clip the first bolt of pitch 4, then continue traversing left to an exposed roof. Pull the crux (5.10d) and continue up fun sport granite sport climbing to the anchors of Three Hour Arete.


Approach: Park 0.6 miles past PrattÂ’s
0.6 miles up the road from Pratt's Crack Gully on Pine Creek Road, to where small a creek crosses road.
Walk on old mining road, to use trail.
Short Class 3 to base of cliff.
10 minutes.


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Victor Lawson
Bishop, CA
Victor Lawson   Bishop, CA
In my opinion, the best pitch on the buttress (so far...) The rock might be better on other pitches, but the actual climbing and exposure outmatch everything else on in the 3 Hour Arete family. May 14, 2011
Jason Chinchen
Bend, Oregon
Jason Chinchen   Bend, Oregon
^^What Victor said...^^ Jun 18, 2011
Weston L
Summerlin, NV
Weston L   Summerlin, NV
This thing is awesome! Go do it! Very well protected with amazing movement and position. Oct 28, 2015
Berkeley + Sunny Slopes, CA
old5ten   Berkeley + Sunny Slopes, CA
excellent pitch. rock quality is just fine, position and climbing are wonderful. better than the regular 4th pitch finish (which i gave 4 stars also ;-)

it is possible to do the traverse low (presumably most people climb it that way), but it's also possible to climb the traverse high (ie use the regular hand traverse rail for foot holds). this would be exciting on lead, but is really fun as a second.

unclipping the 3rd bolt after clipping the 4th bolt significantly reduces rope drag... Jun 24, 2017
Ben Snow
San Diego, Ca
Ben Snow   San Diego, Ca
Do it do it do it! Would've been a little disappointed with 3 hour arete without this pitch. Super fun technical traversing leads to easier but engaging climbing. Dec 31, 2017

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