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A climber at the anchor for "Refined and Rati...
This route is a strong contender for the best route in Bee Gorge. The bottom first pitch is a bit sandy and loose, but the splitter dihedral crack above is steep, exposed, sustained, strenuous, and glorious for the grade.
This route will have you thrilled from start to finish.
Pitch 1: Trend diagonally up and right following a bolt line (unnecessary as the route will take gear) until you hit ledge-y terrain. Continue directly upward to the large ledge with bolts. You can stop and belay here or continue on to pitch 2 (70m rope required).
Pitch 2: Follow the clean splitter dihedral crack at the left end of the ledge. The pitch is steep and sustained from the get-go. Jam and stem until you have Elvis-leg. Some small cracks will appear outside the main crack higher up. You will encounter the crux up high, in-view of the bolts. Follow the crack until you are underneath the obvious roof. There will be bolts to your right.
Note: This climb could easily climb to the top of the cliff, though I believe it is not part of the current route. Doing so would encourage a belay at the end of pitch 1.
Descent: With a 70m rope, clip the chains and lower off. Otherwise, it will take 2 raps to descend from the current routes finish.
- The original rating gives pitch 1 a 5.8 A1 and pitch 2 a 5.9 rating, which seems bizarre. The bottom of the route is free-able at almost any logical point of climbing, the hardest being the alternative seam "Bizi" ("The Nose"), which goes at 5.11 (also on MP), so the standard line is a 5.8, in my opinion, and nothing more. Given the sustained nature of the dihedral, I would put the rating at .10a. Stances are increasingly strenuous the higher you get.
- As far as I know, the roof has not yet been climbed!The roof has yet to be climbed, but it looks featured enough that a bottom-to-top route doesn't seem unreasonable. That being said, the roof section is a bit long. Trad hasn't proliferated into China very broadly, so many of the routes I have encountered always stop short of the top in favor of bolted anchors. Go get this awesome finish!
Eastern most side of the South Wall.
- BD nuts (4-13)
- Cams to 3"
- 8 shoulder length runners
- 2 double-length runners
- Extra lockers, cordelette, anchor equipment etc.