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Rock Climbing Photo: Soloing on Royal Arches on a linkup with Crest Jew...
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By David Engel
From: Santa Rosa, CA
Aug 24, 2015
That is on the start of Pitch 12. Moving out from a ledge with an overhang, you step out around the corner. There is a good foot hold out on the face and you can hold on to the ledge as you move laterally to the left. There are two variations from the corner. Most go straight up to where the photographer is. This line follows a 5.7, very exposed jam crack. It's a jam for arms, legs, fingers and anything else that will hold you on. The other variation continues to the climbers left, first swinging on a friction hand hold left to where you can get a foot hold, but no hand hold.. and then hop over to the ledge. Placing a high cam at the end of the traverse will protect your second. After that, follow a ledge system, climb a tree, up a BD #5 spitter crack to a corner. Climb the corner to a bush at the ledge that starts Pitch 13.
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Soloing on Royal Arches on a linkup with Crest Jewel Direct. This is a pitch or two above the traverse, I believe.

Submitted By: Michael Schneiter on Mar 19, 2009
On this route:
Royal Arches (5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a )
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