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Type: Trad, 200 ft, 3 pitches
FA: Bob Archebold, Circa 1980.
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Shared By: BBQ on Jul 2, 2012
Admins: Andrew Gram, Peter Gram, Greg Parker, Andy Busse, Mike Madsen, Mark Rafferty

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Description

Pitch 1: Start in a crack directly across the gully from the Kamps Route on the south face of Kyyamme Spire which is up the hill from the bolted Scary Larry climb on Rubiayiat Spire.

This pitch has excellent hand james, finger crack and an enormous layback flake which terminates into a small finger crack before flaring out to jugs to a bolted belay anchor. Climbers who follow as a second or third can chill out in a nice, shady anclove.

Pitch 2: Start in the enclove and make your way up an easy scramble to a large belay ledge. There is really very little protectable surface area here and no way to make an anchor at the end of this 5th class scramble. Climbers should be competent at soloing. There is no exposure on this pitch, but if a solo on Moonlight Rib makes you queazy it might just be best to turn back and repel from the first set of anchors.

Pitch 3: Belay from the ledge just outside of the cavey alcove structure. Take the first lowest angle slab on this ledge and head right. A large flaring crack takes a fist sized cam and a bit of a runout on small chicken heads leads to a finger crack. This finger crack has killer holds and takes bomber gear. Use small C3's and small nuts. There is a rusty, old bolt on this pitch that should be backed up with very small cams and micro-stoppers. The finger crack leads to a small roof with finger stacks to jugs. Summit by sticking to the small holds on a nearly vertical slab and belay at the slings.

Protection

Standard Rack. Double up on small gear. Bring extra cordellets for the summit just in case.

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Casey Engstrom
Burnaby, BC
Casey Engstrom   Burnaby, BC
Fun first pitch. It has a small roof about halfway up to help identify the route. Starts easy 5.8 hand crack, then an low angle wide corner below a cool horn feature (nice little ledge to sling the horn for pro!). Then an airy flake traverse to the left (pro is good!), up the layback flake (5.9) and on to some funky finger crack into a shallow chimney to the top. For a long belay recommend building anchor at the ledge rather than hang. May 17, 2016
AhK
 
AhK  
 
A great route that should be done in its entirety! Micro gear keeps P3 reasonable.

At the end of P1, I built a comfortable anchor on the huge, flat ledge rather than suffer a hanging belay at the rap anchors. From P1 ledge, getting to the base of P3 is super low-angle 4th class with zero exposure. The only way this would make you queasy is if you get scared hiking up the Spires trail.

Pitch Breakdown
P1: 5.9+, 150' ****
P2: 4th, ~40?
P3: 5.9+, 120' *** Jul 16, 2015
Tater Tot
Custer, SD
Tater Tot   Custer, SD
This climb is actually on Sputnik. I did it today! Excellent. Jul 20, 2012