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African Drag Queen 

YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a

Type:  Trad, Alpine, 1 pitch, 80'
Original:  YDS: 5.9 French: 5c Ewbanks: 17 UIAA: VI ZA: 17 British: HVS 5a [details]
FA: Rich Magner and Roy Suggett
New Route: Yes
Season: May - October
Page Views: 407
Submitted By: Roy Suggett on Jul 28, 2013

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Thin gear around the arête, then finger to hands!


This exceptional route starts on the southeast corner where gear is a bit tricky but steadily improves as you cross over the shoulder to the obvious crack in the small left-facing dihedral on the east side. The route takes a "J" bend on ever steepening rock creating a bit of rope drag if not well runnered. It is possible to get to the chain anchor and bring up a second to do the much more difficult three bolt face above (see the route "Evolutionary Leap").


This route is on the Togo Tower's southeast corner and east face.


Take pairs of cams from small to a #2 and one BD #3 along with four or five shoulder length slings and a couple of long runners. This gets you to chains.

Photos of African Drag Queen Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Togo Tower with potential for more lines
BETA PHOTO: Togo Tower with potential for more lines
Rock Climbing Photo: Decent crack with a thin start. Thin to hands, use...
Decent crack with a thin start. Thin to hands, use...

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By BSU_Zac
Aug 22, 2013
rating: 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a

It is possible to link this route with the 3 bolts that lead to the summit without much rope drag as long as you extend your pro well. The upper section is amazing. It is 5.11, thin, and tricky. Dump your trad gear at the anchor to lighten the load and get it when your rap off the top. Enjoy summitting a rhyolite tower above 10,000' with an amazing view.

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