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Routes in The Chin
|Defender T 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c|
|Frenchman's Cap 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|Hanging High T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a|
|Rhadamanthus T,TR 5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b PG13|
|Rhadamanthus Corner T 5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a|
|Unknown T,TR 5.11 6c+ 23 VIII- 23 E4 5c PG13|
|Warehouse Run T 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b|
|Wiessner's Rib 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b|
|Yvette T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a|
|Type:||Trad, 7 pitches|
|FA:||William House, Wilson Ware 1934|
|Page Views:||441 total, 13/month|
|Shared By:||wivanoff on Mar 10, 2015|
DescriptionThis is known as the first girdle traverse ever done in the USA. I got the original description from an ancient copy of "Appalachia" and modified it after climbing it with Bob Schrader and Alex Catlin in 1986
P1: Scramble to a small ledge 10' below the overhang. Climb up and left to a good ledge about 30' away.
P2: Continue left, crossing Frenchmans Cap, the top of Yvette, and Defender. Cross a chimney, which is partly overhung by the left leaning Defender buttress, and climb diagonally upward from here to a vine infested belay ledge about 15' from the top, on the broken wall around the corner to the north of Wiessners Rib.
P3: Continue left and up almost to the top of the cliff. Climb around the corner and down on large blocks to a ramp. Hand traverse around another corner, step left and downclimb on nice layback holds to a niche. This downclimbed section was crossed by rappel and pendulumn on the FA.
P4: Climb down and left. Step across a wide groove at an old pin. Climb up past the belay stance on Wiessners Rib. Continue on to the prominent south sloping platform by the start of Rhadamanthus
P5: A short descent is made from the far side of the platform. Continue left on the same level for about 50' - crossing below the smooth Rhadamanthus wall. Crosses an easy gully at the same height, and continue to the yellow buttress about 80 away.
P6: From the pillar, step up and around a corner then on to another corner with an old ring pin. Step up and around this corner. Walk across a wide broken gully to the base of a low angle buttress.
P7: Climb the low angle buttress to the top.
LocationThis is a right to left girdle traverse
From Yvette/Frenchman's Cap walk north past a broken wall with a tree growing on a ledge about 3/4 of the way up the cliff. Continue north to another wall with an overhang about half way up.
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